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BBC 3COUNTIES at 3pm today Friday: JULIAN BRAY DISCUSSES AN OBESE FLYER ON EMIRATES 9 HOUR SOUTH AFRICA FLIGHT WHO PUT WEIGHTY SQUEEZE ON A 'GOLD MEMBER' LAWYER FROM PADURA....



This afternoon (Friday 23rd September) on BBC 3 Counties Radio Julian Bray Aviation expert will be live in the studio talking about the 'elephant in the room' or 'obese people in aircraft seats,' and what can be done about it, if they are sitting next and possibly over you......
  
A disgruntled flyer from Italy is suing Emirates airline, claiming his nine-hour flight was 'ruined' by an obese passenger plonked into the seat next to him. The hapless passenger Giorgio Destro, a lawyer from Padua in northern Italy, claims the 'spillover' caused by the person next to his bokked 29K window seat, made for a deeply uncomfortable journey from Cape Town to Dubai.

Unhappy Giorgio Destro snaps an  s'elfie' pulling a 'bravissimo face on being squeezed
into his pre-booked window seat by an obese passenger

According to an Italian newspaper,  Mr Destro is 'gold member' flyer, but says Emirates - who claim the plane was fully booked - wouldn't let him change seats, refused to offer an apology or any form of compensation.


Mr Destro speaking to Italian Newspaper Mattino Padova: 'For nine hours, I had to stand in the aisle, sit on [jump] seats reserved for the cabin crew when they were free, and in the final phase of flight resign myself to suffer the "spillover" of the passenger at my side.'

He reportedly asked to be moved a few hours into the flight but was told it was fully booked.


Mr Destro, who at one time worked for the Italian Consulate in South Africa, captured his predicament by taking a selfie as evidence. He is asking for €2,759.51 (£2,375.23) in compensation; €759.51 (£653.87) as a refund for the flight, and a further €2,000 (£1,721.81) in damages. 

The case hearing is scheduled for October 20th in Padua. 

It's not the first time a passenger has escalated a complaint regarding an overweight flight companion.

Last July, interior designer James Andres Bassos took Etihad Airways to court in Queensland saying he was forced to twist and contort his body for long periods on a 2011 flight from Sydney to Dubai.

Mr Bassos' District Court claim - which sought $227,000 (£132,500) - stated that the 'grossly overweight' passenger was spilling into his seat and coughing frequently.

Etihad tried to have the claim thrown out and argued it was not unusual to have overweight passengers taking up too much space, or coughing passengers.

Source  CNS,Mattino Padova, BBC 3Counties, Daily Mail,



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