In the United States an Aer Lingus passenger has filed a legal action after she was allegedly injured in an incident where flight attendants removed her from aeroplane toilet just before take off.
The women in question, American citizen Mary Oshana is claiming that she was forcibly taken to her seat while her pants were still below her knees, exposing her buttocks and genitalia to other passengers. In addition to this she is claiming that she sustained an injury to her hip was injured during the incident.
Ms Oshana, from Skokie, Illinois, submitted her legal action seeking compensation in relation to the Aer Lingus flight crew who behaved “unreasonably, carelessly, and negligently”.
The complaint, which was submitted in District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, stated that the incident occurred shortly before a flight from Chicago to Dublin took off on April 26, 2018. It said that the flight taxied from the departure gate at O’Hare International Airport. However, it came to a halt and remained stopped on the tarmac for around 30 minutes before it taxied on towards the runway for take-off. It was during this time that Ms Oshana decided to leave her seat to go to the toilet.
She claims that about 20 seconds after entering the toilet she became aware that one or more persons were banging on the door, informing her she needed to return to her seat. However, by this stage she was seated on the toilet with her pants down. She informed these people that she would do as they requested “in just a minute”.
The filing states that two Aer Lingus 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. 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.
Her lawyers claim the incident falls within the terms of the Montreal Convention, a treaty covering damages for victims of incidents on airlines. Aer Lingus did no comment on the claims.this.”
The court has scheduled a status hearing in early June.