Passenger sues airline after flight with obese man

Passenger claims for back problem after long flight
A passenger is suing an airline after claiming to have suffered back pain after sitting next to an obese man on a flight.
James Andres Bassos reportedly said that during a flight with Etihad Airways from Sydney to Dubai, he was forced to contort his body for long periods due to the “grossly overweight” person he was sat next to.
He told a Brisbane court that the man was spilling into his seat, Telegraph Travel said, and that the man was coughing frequently and had fluid coming from his mouth, according to reports by the Australian Associated Press.
Five hours into the journey, Bassos asked if he could move seats but airline staff allegedly refused his request. Half an hour later he complained again and was moved to a crew seat. He was forced to return to his original seat later for security reasons, once for another hour and then again for the final 90 minutes of the flight.
Bassos claims the flight gave him a back injury and exacerbated a pre-existing back condition. He is now seeking damages for personal injuries.
In defence, Etihad argues that it is not an unusual occurrence to have overweight passengers taking up extra space on a plane. However, Judge Fleur Kingham said this was no reason to strike out the claim and has ordered Bassos to take a medical exam in Brisbane in December.
TTG Digital

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