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Passenger Sues Jetblue

Things are tough in the airline industry, but that doesn't deter people from suing the airlines.

A JetBlue passenger is suing the airline for more than $2 million because he says a pilot made him give up his seat to a flight attendant and sit on the toilet for more than three hours on a flight from California.

Gokhan Mutlu from New York alleges that JetBlue negligently endangered him by not providing him with a seat with a safety belt or harness, in violation of federal law.

Apparently, the pilot told Mutlu to vacate his seat and sit in the bathroom because the flight attendant complained that the ump seat she was assigned was uncomfortable. According to the lawsuit, the pilot informed Mutlu they he could not sit in the jump seat because only JetBlue employees were allowed to sit there.

When Mutlu expressed reluctance to go sit in the bathroom, the lawsuit alleges that the pilot told Mutlu that he should be grateful for being on board and should do as he was told.

Not sure if the passenger will prevail in this lawsuit against JetBlue, but certainly many people would happily sit in an airplane bathroom for 90 minutes for $2 million.

This lawsuit was filed in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court.


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