A man has filed a lawsuit in US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Monday against Israeli airline El Al because, he says, he was injured after getting stuck in one of their business class seats on a flight from Tel Aviv to New York JFK in October.
A flight attendant “had to pull him free” from the seat, and this is the airline’s fault because cabin crew had “failed to explain to him how the seat operates.”
This was, apparently, the man’s first time sitting?
Lawyers acting on behalf of Wiseman are bringing the lawsuit under the Montreal Convention, which holds airlines responsible for passenger injuries unless they can prove the injury was the result of the passenger’s own negligence.
Described as a “gentleman of advanced age”, Wiseman had booked himself a Business Class seat for the 11-hour flight to New York on October 23, 2022.
Apparently the man was trapped in his seat as it reclined. He sought help from a flight attendant, who “pulled him free” but this lead to “great pain, agony and mental anguish” and medical treatment for his injuries.
To be fair, premium cabin seats are complicated. I once had my laptop next to me in ANA first class when I fell asleep, and having woken up in a daze I wasn’t thinking about it as I restored my seat to a more upright position. I cracked the screen’s case, though it remained usable. I have never seen a passenger get stuck in the seat itself, such that physical removal by a crewmember would lead to injury.