Lawyer sues Emirates after being seated next to obese man

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An Italian lawyer who sat next to an obese man in a nine-hour flight is suing Emirates.
 
Giorgio Destro who is a lawyer from Padua in northern Italy said that the “spillover” from his seatmate during a Capetown to Dubai flight made his experience distressing.
 
The man even had a selfie to prove his case.

An Italian lawyer who sat next to an obese man in a nine-hour flight is suing Emirates.
 
Giorgio Destro who is a lawyer from Padua in northern Italy said that the “spillover” from his seatmate during a Capetown to Dubai flight made his experience distressing.
 
The man even had a selfie to prove his case.



According to The Daily Mail, Destro is seeking €2,759.51 (about A$4,043) in compensation, €759.51 (about A$1,112) as refund for his ticket, and €2,000 (about A$2,930) in damages.
 
Speaking to Mattino Padova, the lawyer said: “For nine hours, I had to stand in the aisle, sit on seats reserved for the cabin crew when they were free, and in the final phase of flight resign myself to suffer the ‘spillover’ of the passenger at my side.”
 
For its part, Emirates said it is unable to comment on the particular case since it is an active legal matter, said MailOnline. The case is scheduled for court in Padua on 20 October.
 
Destro’s case is not the first of its kind. Australian James Andres Basso took Etihad to court last year, alleging he suffered back injuries contorting his body because an obese passenger seated next to him.
 
Australain budget airline Jetstar made headlines in 2013 because of a blog traveller Rich Wisken wrote, saying he paid A$25 for an exit row seat for the space, but was left feeling pinned to his seat “by a fleshy boulder” because an obese man was seated next to him.
 
Also in 2013, controversy erupted after an obese passenger weighing more than 150 kilograms was asked to disembark from a flight being told it was overbooked.

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