NYC Man Sues JetBlue for being Forced to Sit on Toilet Seat During Flight


On JetBlue … Flying by the seat of your pants.

It appears on JetBlue a “buddy pass” get your a seat on one of their airplane. However, that seat may just be in the plane’s bathroom. Gokhan Mutlu of Manhattan, NY is suing Jet Blue claiming that the airlines forced him to sit on the restroom toilet seat for part of his flight between New York and San Diego, CA. According to Mutlu in court papers he was told by the pilot, “he was the pilot, that this was his plane, under his command that (Mutlu) should be grateful for being on board,”

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.

Mutlu was traveling on a a “buddy pass,” a standby travel voucher that JetBlue employees give to friends, from New York to San Diego on Feb. 16, and returned to New York on Feb. 23, the lawsuit said.

Look at the bright side, at least the man did not have to wait for the captain to turn the seat belt sign off before he could get up and go to the bathroom. Oh please, who wears the seat belt in the first place? Who really waits for the light to go on before they unhook it?

Mutlu’s lawsuit, filed Friday in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court, says JetBlue negligently endangered him by not providing him with a seat with a safety belt or harness, in violation of federal law.

UPDATE I: VIDEO: JetBlue Pilot Ordered Passenger to sit in a Toilet for Two Hours

Posted May 13, 2008 by
Bizarre, Judicial, Travel, WTF | 9 comments

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  • Comments

    9 Responses to “NYC Man Sues JetBlue for being Forced to Sit on Toilet Seat During Flight”

    1. Bearlyhere on May 13th, 2008 11:32 am

      Buddy class?

      With friends like that, who needs enemas.

    2. Miss Katie on May 13th, 2008 1:13 pm

      im sorry but this is too funny
      hope he had a cold.. and couldnt smell poop

    3. nurturer on May 13th, 2008 8:08 pm

      #2 – I’m not getting this, so perhaps you could enlighten me.

      What is so goddamed funny about this story?

    4. Scared Monkeys on May 13th, 2008 8:44 pm

      JetBlue taking the “Buddy” out of buddy pass.

      The eye popping comment is when the man asked to sit in the jump seat where the fight attendant came from and said was uncomfortable. The pilot said it was against FAA regs.

      What, and sitting in the crapper is some how FAA sanctioned???

      I really hope there is another side to this story.

    5. richard on May 13th, 2008 9:06 pm

      We’ve all had crappy flights ….

      But to say that any discomfort or inconvenience that this guy may have had is worth an award of $2 million is as absurd as giving that New York judge $50 million, or whatever it was, when his pants were lost at the dry cleaner’s.

      JetBlue should consider a countersuit for harassment.

    6. richard on May 13th, 2008 9:08 pm

      Then again, remember that last spring, JetBlue opened a once- or twice-a-week flight to Aruba.

    7. Ray on May 13th, 2008 11:03 pm

      This could not Happen to a better AIRLINE.


    8. annie on May 14th, 2008 5:38 pm

      Please people get a life. He deserves that $2M. Prove to those higher class or whatsoever that they are no different than anyone else and should be treated equally. Under federal law, everyone on board any aircraft should be securely fastened and given him no choice but to sit on a toilet seat is unacceptable. Regardless if you’re on a “buddy pass” or what. “you’re the pilot and this is your aircraft” psshhh.. B.S.
      SM: I am not understanding why the guy could not sit in the jump seat. How can it be against FAA regs, it has a seatbelt. Seems like a better option that a toilet seat.

    9. Ray on May 14th, 2008 11:10 pm

      This would be a good place for one of those outrageous 50 million dollar judgements.LOL I do not like jetblue anyway.


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