Passenger Sues British Airways for Being “Wedged” Next to Obese Passenger

by Zoe

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.”
The airline said in court that he is exaggerating and that the passenger did not even need a seat-belt extended. BA claims that the passenger was even offered a galley seat at one point. The customer service manager on board the flight even submitted a witness statement indicating that the passenger did not seem to be in discomfort and was even sleeping throughout the flight.
“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.”
The trail continues next week as the passenger’s attorney continues with evidence that with the “he suffered an injury, it was because he was sat at an awkward angle and that was caused by what he complained about on board time and again.”

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