A lawsuit claims Aer Lingus flight attendants dragged a woman from the lavatory and flung her back into her seat while her pants will still down after she could not wait any longer to use the lavatory prior to takeoff.
Mary Oshana, a passenger onboard an Aer Lingus A330 flight from Chicago to Dublin, claims that after a 30-minute ground delay, she could not wait any longer and made a beeline for the lavatory. The problem: the flight was about to takeoff.
Flight attendants rushed to the door and started to bang on it. Oshana told them she would be out in a minute. 20 seconds later they banged again, forced their way in, then dragged Oshana out. Her lawsuit claims her pants were still below her knees, exposing her buttocks and genitalia to those seated around her.
“Flight attendants broke through the lavatory door, grabbed the plaintiff under her arms, dragged her to her seat while her pants were below her knees, and threw her with great force into the arm rest and seat.”
Oshana also alleges her hip was injured in the incident and she was humiliated when other (male) passengers snickered and laughed at her as the situation unfolded and her private parts were visible.
“In the process of being thrown with great force into the arm rest and seat, the plaintiff, Mary Oshana, suffered pain and bruising in her hip, thighs and buttocks.”
The incident allegedly took place on April 26, 2018. The lawsuit comes now to avoid a two-year statute of limitations deadline. Oshana contends the crew “acted unreasonably, carelessly, and negligently.”
An Aer Lingus spokesperson told the Irish Independent, “We have no comment on this.”
A court date has been set for June.
I really want to read the response from Aer Lingus before opining on this. The dragging sounds excessive, though, especially if done with her pants down.
(H/T: View from the Wing)