Last updated: 03:30 PM ET, Fri September 23 2016

Passenger Sues Emirates After Suffering 'Spillover' on Long-Haul Flight

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | September 23, 2016

Passenger Sues Emirates After Suffering 'Spillover' on Long-Haul Flight

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An Italian lawyer has filed a civil lawsuit against Emirates airline following what he describes as an extremely unpleasant flight from Cape Town, South Africa to Venice, Italy this past summer.

According to the U.K.'s Sun, Giorgio Destro is seeking more than $3,000 after suffering the "spillover" of a fellow passenger on the July 2 flight.

"For nine hours, I had to stand in the aisle, sit on 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," Destro told Italian publication Mattino Padova.

The disgruntled passenger even took a selfie from his seat to document the so-called spillover.

Destro, who claims to be a Gold member with the airline's frequent-flyer program Skywards, said the flight crew was aware of his uncomfortable seating arrangement but could only recommend he stand since no other seats on the plane were available. 

According to the lawsuit, Destro is now seeking approximately $850 as a refund for his ticket and the remaining $2,230 for damages.

"Emirates is unable to comment on this particular case as it is an ongoing legal matter," a spokesperson for the Dubai-based carrier told the Sun.

The hearing for Destro's unusual case is scheduled for Oct. 20 in the Italian city of Padua.


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