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Monday 25 September 2017

Why one flyer is seeking a big, fat payout

What, exactly, are your rights if you are flying and the morbidly obese person in the seat next door spills over into your space? 

Even more concerning, what are your rights if the infringement into your personal space causes you injuries? 

It is a growing concern both for airlines and passengers given the increasing number of flying fatties; particularly in the US. It is not about fat shaming, it is about making sure you get value for your money.

An Australian passenger is seeking hefty compensation from American Airlines after being "squashed between two 'grossly obese' " flyers on a 14-hour flight from Sydney to Los Angeles.

Michael Anthony Taylor, 67, is seeking $100,000 (about US$72,000) for his uncomfortable flight which, he says, exacerbated his pre-existing scoliosis, and caused back and neck injuries.

He said he spent most of the flight "crouching, kneeling, bracing or standing."

The flight which took place in December 2015, was fully booked. Should the airline have upgraded Taylor, or re-booked him onto a later flight?

I guess we will find out when judgement is handed down - although airlines often seek to settle cases like this to avoid a precedent. 

I hope Taylor gets a big, fat payday. If you've paid for an airline seat you deserve all of it, not just a percentage.  

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