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Passenger Sues British Airways for Being “Crushed” By An Obese Seatmate

Passenger Sues British Airways for Being “Crushed” By An Obese Seatmate
Passenger Sues British Airways for Being “Crushed” By An Obese Seatmate

Stephen Prosser has taken action against British Airways after claiming that he suffered injuries when he was made to sit next to an obese man during the course of a 12-hour flight from Thailand back to London. The legal counsel for the carrier has described Prosser as “exaggerating” his experience.

British Airways (BA) passenger who claims that he was injured after being made to sit next to an obese man on a recent flight from Thailand to London is taking legal action against the carrier, the Daily Mail reports. Stephen Prosser is attempting to sue BA for £10,000 ($12,784) and claims that he has had to endure both injury as well as a loss of earnings after his experience.

Prosser, who is 5’3”, was seated next to a passenger who, by Prosser’s own description, was 6’4” in height and weighed over 300 lbs.

In court testimony, Prosser is quoted as stating that the passenger’s size was such that, “…he had to force his buttocks between the arm rests of the seats. I 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,” he added.

As if Prosser’s experience wasn’t bad enough, he stated that, “Due to the size of him when he placed his arm down at times it would rest on my armrest, and he would accidentally turn the volume of my audio up to an extremely loud volume each time.”

While Prosser opted not to raise his irritation with his seatmate, he did, however, speak to cabin crew and request to be moved. He was told by crew that no alternative seats were available as the flight was completely booked.

Timothy Salisbury, BA’s legal counsel, accused Prosser of “exaggerating” while Chris McLindon, who had served as the flight’s customer service manager, testified in a statement that Prosser was not observed to be in discomfort during the course of the journey.

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