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May 13, 2008

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

Posted in: Bizarre,Judicial,Travel,WTF

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

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