We’ve seen several recent stories about incidents with passengers that have been occurring including a United Airlines Passenger Dragged Off Plane Due To Oversell, Delta Kicks Off Family of 4 from Flight from Hawaii, and United Airlines Send Paris Bound Passenger To San Francisco.
The latest story to emerge is an American Airlines passenger is suing the airline after being forced to sit next to two obese passengers on a flight from Sydney to Los Angeles. This occurred on a full Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with no other seats to move to.
Per The Independent,
An Australian man is suing American Airlines for $100,000 AUD after he claimed he was injured by being seated next to two passengers he described as “grossly obese” on a long-haul flight.
Michael Anthony Taylor, from Wollongong, New South Wales, is seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages after he claims that he was left with permanent back and neck injuries because he was crushed by the passengers beside him during a 14-hour flight from Sydney to Los Angeles.
The passenger claims he has been left with permanent damages, as the airline wouldn’t accommodate him with another seat, as he was pinned in the window seat for this 14 hour flight. I guess there’s a reason that you might want to choose an aisle on your next flight.
A spokesman for American Airlines told Fox News via email that the airline is aware of the suit, adding, “We just received the lawsuit and we are reviewing the allegations.”
However this incident occurred back in December 2015, over two years ago, so why a lawsuit is just being filed now could raise some question, but I’m sure after seeing Dr. Dao’s settlement with United for being dragged off, we may hear about how other passengers were mistreated by airlines in the past who are looking for a settlement.
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