Man sues airline after being 'squashed next to obese man' on a 13-hour flight
Company director Stephen Prosser is suing an airline after suffering pelvic injury from being wedged next to an obese passenger for 13 hours.
Prosser, 51, from Tonypandy in South Wales, is seeking compensation from British Airways after a flight from Bangkok to London Heathrow, as reported by Daily Mail.
The businessman, who is just 5ft 2in, claimed that he was crushed against the side of the plane after being seated next to the 6ft 5in man weighing 23-stone passenger.
According to him, the staff declined to mediate and request that the man move seats amid the flight.
A tourist is suing British Airways, claiming he suffered injury and loss of earnings from having to sit next to an obese passenger on a 12-hour flight https://t.co/v6ajDH29wc pic.twitter.com/RGLGsPnuKX— CNN (@CNN) November 16, 2018
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As a result, he endured nerve damage in his back, and his pelvis was knocked out of alignment.
Prosser said that he was forced to see a chiropractor for two years following the trip in January 2016.
He is seeking damages and loss of earnings claiming that for three months, he needed to constrain his work after the injury. The case will be heard at Pontypridd County Court.
"I'd spent Christmas 2015 with some friends in Thailand and was returning home on January 10, 2016," Prosser told Daily Mail. "I'd paid over £1,000 for the flight and usually I fly Thai Airways but because BA had a sale on and were cheaper I went with them."
A tourist is suing British Airways, claiming he suffered injury and loss of earnings from having to sit next to an obese passenger on a 12-hour flight https://t.co/86PL1klM96 pic.twitter.com/24WtRAtVOf— CNN International (@cnni) November 16, 2018
"Just as the plane door was about to close, this 6ft 5in elk, weighing about 23-stone got on-board and sat between myself and another passenger who had the aisle seat."
He added, "He was a huge bloke, not just overweight but really big boned as well. He was a real lump. I suffered problems with my posture 12-years ago when I used to drive to Kent for work every week so I knew I was in trouble straight away."
According to Daily Mail, the British Airways representative said that the airline was opposing the claim.
"However, as the case is subject to ongoing proceedings, it would be inappropriate for us to comment," the representative added.