Claiming back injuries from being seated next to obese travelers, passenger sues American Airlines

AP photo/Alan Diaz

In a lawsuit that could force airlines to rethink their sardines-in-a-can seating arrangements, an Australian traveler sued American Airlines after he was seated next to two obese passengers during a 14-hour journey.

RELATED COVERAGE: Passengers get bigger, seats get smaller

In a suit filed in Australian court, Michael A. Taylor, 67, said the uncomfortable trip caused permanent back and neck injuries. Taylor told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph that the airline refused to let him move seats, leaving him “crouching, kneeling, bracing or standing” for much of the flight from Sydney to Los Angeles.

Taylor was in a window seat, and he said two large neighbors invaded his space. He claims he was forced to adopt an awkward posture during the flight, which worsened his scoliosis, injured his lower and upper and bruised his neck.

“The airline could have put me in a crew seat or moved people around, but they did nothing,” Taylor told the Aussie paper.

The passenger’s attorney, Thomas Janson, said the case is more than just a novelty.

“If Michael is successful, this throws open the doors to potentially a large amount of cases against airlines and how they’ve designed their seating and how they seat passengers,” Janson said.

Reader Comments 0

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS