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Man Sues after Passenger Upgrade

tdy_kotb_germs_071023.300w.jpgAfter all the seats are taken on a plane, a passenger was offered the throne:

A New York City man is suing JetBlue Airways Corp. for more than $2 million because he says a pilot made him give up his seat to a flight attendant and sit on the toilet for more than three hours on a flight from California. Gokhan Mutlu, of Manhattan’s Inwood section, says in court papers the pilot told him to “go ‘hang out’ in the bathroom” about 90 minutes into the San Diego to New York flight because the flight attendant complained that the “jump seat” she was assigned was uncomfortable, the lawsuit said.
Initially, Mutlu was told a flight attendant had taken the last seat on the plane, but then he was advised she would sit in the employee “jump seat,” meaning he could have the last seat, the lawsuit said. The pilot told him 1 1/2 hours into the five-hour flight that he would have to relinquish the seat to the flight attendant, court papers say. But the pilot said that Mutlu could not sit in the jump seat because only JetBlue employees were permitted to sit there, the lawsuit said.
When Mutlu expressed reluctance to go sit in the bathroom, the pilot, who was not named in the lawsuit, told him that “he was the pilot, that this was his plane, under his command that (Mutlu) should be grateful for being on board,” the lawsuit said.

You know what, man: The guy should show a little gratitude — do you know how much more leg room there is on the shitter than there is on those tiny airplane seats? It’s not quite first-class, but you get an aisle all to yourself and you don’t have to deal with obnoxious seat meat falling asleep on your shoulder.

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I would totally take the can as a seat, as long as I didn't have to make way for other passengers who had to tinkle or drop a load.

It would be my own private office.

The man did not have a ticket and was riding standby on a buddy pass. Here's a relevant, though not authoritative, which offers a more likely sequence of events.

from AirlinePilot Forums:

"FWIW, I talked to a crewmember on the flight.
Our fearless nonrev has slightly misrepresented facts.

The pass rider was savvy enough to ask to speak to Captain when he discovered there were no seats.

He begged CA to help him get on flight - excersising Caring value CA said he would ASK jumpseating (Not DH) FA if she was willing to give up seat for pass rider. She was.

CA goes about business. When on bathroom break, non rev approaches barrier and again really thanks CA for helping him get on. CA replies no problem - I didn't really do anything -if you want to say thanks its the FA who gave up her seat..have a nice day.

Sees nonrev after flight - very upset. He let FA sit in his seat and she fell asleep. Other FA's would (correctly) not let him sit on FA jumpseat. He was too timid to wake up FA and didn't know what to do.

Figures out what to do and files 2 million dollar lawsuit."

Additional bonus with bathroom seating: No threat of having to make agonizing "27 Dresses "/"Meet the Spartans" in-flight movie decision.

obligatory pun wave:

man, that's a shitty situation...

talk about a crappy seat!

well, he sure got it in the pooper.

hopefully jetblue can sort this shit out.

My mom worked for an airline for a while, and I frequently flew standby on the "buddy pass". Usually there are a few seats on a plane reserved for flight attendants to take a break (I think it's one per attendant for a half hour, and they rest in shifts, but it might be different depending on the airline or the flight duration). So standby passengers are sometimes seated in these seats, then asked to vacate them for some time.

I have no problem with this. As long as the people who fly your plane aren't pigheaded morons. Dozens of times I flew with a crew that just let me have the jumpseat, no questions asked. And there were crews that said the jump seat is off-limits because that's against safety rules... and yet standing on an airplane for one and a half hours isn't.

So even if the facts aren't 100% like this guy says - it's fucking ridiculous. Either find a way to eliminate the buddy system (which itself is against the rules) or get over yourselves.