A British Airways passenger was in court yesterday claiming that he was injured when he was forced to sit next to an obese man on a 12 hour flight from London to Bangkok aboard a B777. He is claiming that he suffered nerve damage and a pelvic injury, resulting in back spasms for the last few years. He also says that he needed to visit a chiropractor for two years and was required to take 3 months off of work.
Apparently he reported his concerns to the cabin crew who told him there were no other available seats and “forced him” to sit next to the man weighing over 300 pounds.
“He was that large that he had to force his buttocks between the arm rests of the seats.” The man sat “with his knees wedged against the seat in front and the rest of his body was over spilling into my seat by some inches.” “I was immediately aware that this was going to be problematic for me and I could feel the weight of his pure bulk putting lateral pressure on my upper body. This forced me into a position of unnatural posture.”
“I regularly walked down the aisle and Mr. Prosser was not sat in an unnatural position for an economy seat,” he said.“When Mr. Prosser left the aircraft, I watched him walk down the jetty in a perfectly normal manner and showed no signs of injury.”