'Tis The Season to … Sue An Airline?

Posted December 23, 2008 by Carl Unger

Lawsuit_2 The Times of London reports that a man is suing United Airlines for serving him too much wine, which led him to drunkenly quarrel with his wife after they landed—obviously United's fault. Elsewhere, a man is suing British Airways for "hurt feelings" after the airline fired him (and then reinstated him) for stealing 12 small bottles of whisky. He claims he simply forgot to pay for them.

I'm only halfway done with my mail-order law degree, so I can't really tell you if these cases will actually hold water. But the theme here, if you haven't already guessed it, is people suing airlines for absolutely preposterous reasons. The Times has a list of other ridiculous lawsuits, including a woman in Sweden who sued a local airline for freezing the family hamsters, and a man who sued (and lost) after British Airways booted him from a plane because he was, to put it politely, malordorous. The Times also threw together a fake lawsuit, so see if you can pick it out (hint: it's not the hamsters).

What are some of the more ridiculous airline lawsuits you've come across? People suing for emotional distress due to subpar airline food? Severe trauma from a horrible in-flight movie? Leave a comment below and share your favorite!

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interesting post, and yes tis the season indeed, and will always be. airline complaints are on the rise because passengers are becoming aware of what their rights are. i am not saying this man was right, obviously the story sounds absurd to me. however, the small claims court, in the US at least, is an easy place any passenger can walk into and file suit . . .

Posted on October 30, 2009 at 03:17 PM by sunil

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