Passenger sues JetBlue over flight spent on toilet!

Air travel is just awful these days.. At my old “corporate job”, I was traveling 52 weeks a year, as our big client wanted us working on-site.. I flew so much, I quickly made Platinum Preferred with US Air, and had well over 150K frequent flyer miles! But back in those days (1999-2001), air travel wasn’t as bad as it is today. You didn’t need to take off your shoes to go through security. You didn’t have to show up 2 hours before your flight took off. A simple belt didn’t set off the metal detectors!

After 9/11, things changed drastically. I flew about 2 weeks after 9/11 for a wedding, and there was a STRONG military presence in the airport, complete with loaded rifles. Ironically, I had a pocket knife in my carry-on that I totally forgot about, and it went by completely unnoticed. So much for their security!!

Anyway, now JetBlue is in the news, getting sued by a NYC passenger that was forced to give up his seat to a flight attendant (because her jump seat was uncomfortable!), and told to go “hang out” in the bathroom. He was forced to sit on a toilet for more than three hours before being allowed to return to his original seat.

He’s now filed a $2 million lawsuit against the airline, saying that JetBlue negligently endangered him by not providing him with a seat with a safety belt or harness, in violation of federal law. Talk about a public relations nightmare!

Here’s hoping that he wins big, like in Soul Plane. 🙂


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