Giorgio Destro, a lawyer from Padua in Italy, is suing Emirates for the damages he suffered after his journey from Cape Town to Dubai was "ruined" by his seat companion. Italian newspaper Mattino Padova reports that Destro was made to feel "uncomfortable," after he was sat next to a man who spilled across into his own seat.
Destro says that despite being a "gold member," he was not allowed to change seats as the flight was too busy, so for "nine hours, I had to stand in the aisle, sit on seats reserved for the cabin crew when they were free," he said. "And in the final phase of flight resign myself to suffer the ‘spillover’ of the passenger at my side."
Destro says that the company did not offer an apology or compensation after he emailed them to complain, hence the lawsuit. In total, Destro wants €2,759.51 ($3079) in compensation, €759.51 ($847.53) as a refund, and €2,000 ($2231) in damages.
Destro is going to argue that every passenger has "an equal right to a worthwhile trip with a minimum level of comfort, adequate space, and the possibility to get up and move freely."
Destro took this selfie during the flight as "evidence."
A court hearing is expected to take place on October 20, and Emirates have not yet commented on the lawsuit.
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