stories filed under: "turbulence"
by Mike Masnick
Mon, Oct 17th 2011 7:34am
We recently wrote about a woman suing a movie theater and movie producers because she felt the trailer for the film was misleading concerning the content of the actual movie. It seems that bizarre lawsuits aren't that uncommon these days. btr1701 alerts us to a case in which a woman sued Continental Airlines because her flight was too turbulent. No one seems to be showing the actual filing (
anyone have it? thanks to everyone who sent this in, it's now embedded below), but it sounds like she's claiming that they were somehow negligent in taking off, given the weather reports, and the resulting extreme turbulence. She's also claiming that the turbulence resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder and that she has missed out on job opportunities because she now refuses to fly. I don't doubt that the flight may have been traumatic, but I do wonder if there's any actual legal issue here. Update: A bunch of you sent in the complaint, and it's a pretty clean, straightfoward negligence claim. Nice, at least, to see them not try to throw everything and the kitchen sink into the complaint. However, I still can't see it sticking. Negligence can be pretty difficult to prove, and a lot of the facts of the situation don't support her claim that this was truly negligent. A poor decision alone isn't negligent.