Cough up, airline, says disgruntled passenger
A MAN is suing Etihad Airways, claiming he got a back injury after being forced to sit next to an obese man with a cough.
James Andres Bassos has taken Etihad to court in Queensland, saying he was forced to contort his body for long periods on a 2011 flight from Abu Dhabi to Sydney.
Mr Bassos’s District Court claim states the “grossly overweight” passenger was spilling into his seat, coughing frequently and had fluid coming from his mouth. After five hours he asked to be moved but airline staff allegedly refused.
Mr Bassos complained again and he was moved to a crew seat. However, he had to return to his seat next to the man later for security reasons, according to court documents.
Mr Bassos is claiming damages for personal injuries.
Etihad tried to have the claim thrown out and argued it was not unusual to have overweight, or coughing passengers.