Emirates Airlines Sued By Angry Lawyer After He’s Stuck Next To An Obese Man On A Nine-Hour Flight


The disgruntled passenger even took selfie that shows him looking unhappy and cramped in seat 29K next to the unidentified man who “spilled” on to his seat


An Italian lawyer is suing Emirates after he was sat next to an “obese” man on a nine-hour flight in economy class.

Giorgio Destro claims his flight from Cape Town to Dubai was ruined by an overweight passenger whose body “spilled” into his seat on the Boeing 777.

Destro snapped a selfie that shows him looking unhappy and apparently cramped in seat 29K next to the unidentified man who had the middle seat.

The lawyer, from the Italian city of Padua, said he suffered throughout the flight last July and was told by cabin crew he could not change seats because the flight was fully booked, Italian newspaper Mattino Padova reported.


“For nine hours I had to stand in the aisle, sit on seats reserved for the cabin crew when they were free and in the final phase of flight resign myself to suffer the ‘spillover’ of the passenger at my side,” he told the newspaper in comments translated by The Local .

Destro claimed he flies so often with Emirates that he is a gold member in its Skywards frequent flyer programme, entitling him to perks such as lounge access and a guaranteed seat even on fully-booked flights.

The lawyer, who used to work at the Italian Consulate in South Africa, said Emirates refused to apologise or compensate him for his hardship.

He is taking the Dubai-based, state-owned airline to court demanding just under £2,400 in compensation.

Destro, who was flying to Venice via Dubai, also wants the airline to refund his £655 ticket and pay an additional £1,700 in damages.

A spokesperson for Emirates said: “Emirates is unable to comment on this particular case as it is an ongoing legal matter.”

A court hearing is scheduled to take place in Padua on October 20.


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