A British Airways passenger is suing the airline after his seat was put next to an “obese” passenger and claimed he suffered injuries as a result.
According to the Independent, Stephen Prosser of South Wales says he suffered multiple injuries after sitting in a position of “unnatural posture” on a 12-hour flight from Bangkok to Heathrow. The flight took place in January 2016. He proclaimed that the passenger’s weight was so overwhelming that it changed the volume on Prosser’s armrest.
Prosper added there were additional issues during the long flight.
“I sat with his knees wedged against the seat in front and the rest of his body was over spilling into my seat by some inches. I was immediately aware that this was going to be problematic for me and I could feel the weight of his pure bulk putting lateral pressure on my upper body.”
He said he explained his issue with the flight crew instead of the passenger because he feigned that the man was “self-conscious.” The flight crew informed Prosser that there were no available seats and would not allow him to switch with other passengers.
Prosser is now seeking compensation after claiming that his injuries from the flight left him unable to function. He said he suffered a continuous back spasm and an injury to his sacroiliac joint for the past three months.
British Airways have rejected Prosser’s claim since he did not seem to be in any pain after exiting the flight. A witness statement added that Prosser was sleeping and did not seem to be in any discomfort during the flight.