Economy class, the plebs of the sky. It’s nowhere near glamorous and after a long flight, you’ll probably be glad you’re away from it. However, one man flying between London and Bangkok back in 2016 was in a lot more discomfort than others. An overweight (above 136kg) man was, unfortunately for him his seatmate for the 12-hour jaunt between the English and Tahi capitals.
The man described was overweight with his weight apparently going onto the other man’s seat making him sit in an unnatural position for the duration of the flight. The man who had been sitting in an unnatural position requested to move however with zero free seats available on the Boeing 777 he was declined permission to move. The man claims he received nerve and pelvic damage due to the positions he sat in during the flight and had to see a chiropractor for two years and had to limit his work schedule to 3 months after the incident. He apparently now suffers from a back spasm that is ongoing.
However BA’s customer service chief onboard the 2016 flight claim there was no such issue. He was apparently asleep for most of the flight and didn’t seem in any discomfort while sitting in a normal position unlike the claimed “unnatural position” that has complained about. He also disembarked the Boeing 777 without any signs of injury the employee claims. British Airways have put out a statement saying "We welcome all passengers aboard our aircraft and our crew are trained to ensure passengers have a comfortable journey, we are pleased that our crew provided additional pillows and blankets to help Mr. Prosser have a more restful trip.” And according to sources, the airline is resisting the man’s claims. The case is expected to be heard in a Welsh court this week.
So who do you think is right? The airline or the passenger.
British Airways 777 aircraft at London Heathrow full photo credit