Woman Sues Airline for Turbulence
by Matthew Burckhardt | October, 2011
Texan Colleen O’Neal is suing Continental Airlines for experiencing extreme turbulence during a 2009 flight. Sure, it sounds like a silly frivolous lawsuit at first, but then again:
Weather reports at the time of departure showed a threat of “tornados, wind shear, and dangerously strong winds with rotating and intense thunderstorms.”
What was supposed to be a 20-minute flight turned into more than two hours as the aircraft repeatedly rose and fell “as if it had lost power and was falling out of the sky,” according to the lawsuit…upon landing, crew members and passengers aboard the flight took a picture because they all survived
She has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and suffers from nightmares, flashbacks and an intense fear of flying.
It’s hard to blame an airline for the weather — then again, it sounds like pretty terrible decision-making on the airline’s part to take off.
Read the full story at MSNBC.
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Matthew Burckhardt gave up a promising underwater hockey career overseas to move to Washington, D.C. where he works in international development while planning his next trip. You can follow his travels at his girlfriend's photography blog, The Daily Garbanzo.