Saturday, February 04, 2006

Passengers: Well, no, we weren’t hurt. But we got scared. We and our lawyers want money.
Jet Passengers Sue Over In-Flight Emergency

Six passengers on an Alaska Airlines jet that suddenly lost pressure when a hole opened in its fuselage sued the airline and its baggage handlers Friday.

No one was seriously hurt when a 12-inch gash split the fuselage on the Dec. 26 flight from Seattle to Burbank. But James P. Kreindler, an attorney for the passengers, said in a statement that his clients' "lives are profoundly challenged by what they thought was their near-death experiences…. Passengers were saying their last goodbyes to loved ones…"

"Generally speaking, if the only damage one suffers is by watching some event unfold, you ordinarily are not able to get recovery for that," said Loyola Law School professor John Nockleby, a tort law expert.

The firm representing the plaintiffs said it won damages from American Airlines over a 1995 incident in which passengers experienced 30 seconds of severe turbulence over Minnesota…
Q: What's the difference between a lawyer and a catfish?

A: One is a slimy, bottom dwelling, scum sucker. The other is a fish.

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