Man says JetBlue made him sit on toilet
By SAMUEL MAULL, Associated Press WriterTue May 13
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.
Initially, Mutlu was told a flight attendant had taken the last seat on the plane, but then he was advised she would sit in the employee “jump seat,” meaning he could have the last seat, the lawsuit said.
The pilot told him 1 1/2 hours into the five-hour flight that he would have to relinquish the seat to the flight attendant, court papers say. But the pilot said that Mutlu could not sit in the jump seat because only JetBlue employees were permitted to sit there, the lawsuit said.
When Mutlu expressed reluctance to go sit in the bathroom, the pilot, who was not named in the lawsuit, told him that “he was the pilot, that this was his plane, under his command that (Mutlu) should be grateful for being on board,” the lawsuit said.
When the aircraft hit turbulence and passengers were directed to return to their seats, but “the plaintiff had no seat to return to, sitting on a toilet stool with no seat belts,” court papers say.
Some time later, a male flight attendant knocked on the restroom door and told Mutlu he could return to his original seat, court papers say.
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.
A JetBlue spokesman declined comment on the lawsuit Monday. (source)
I always knew JetBlue was a shitty airline. Three hours on the can just confirms it!
Poor guy! have you seen those JetBlue bathrooms? OMG. Nasty. I have a serious personal fear of public restrooms, so this would be like major mental torture for me. Just considering the possibility of such a thing happening makes the Sweet & Salty granola bar I had for breakfast threaten to make a re-appearance.
Did they even bring him a packet of those gross blue tortilla chips and a Coke? Was he allowed to walk around the plane, or was he just glued to the seat like that other chick who stayed on her boyfriend’s toilet for two years?
Mutlu deserves a big ass settlement for this kind of nonsense. It’s not only disgusting and rude, it’s also a threat to his safety. The turbulence might have sent the guy bouncing headfirst into the sink, for pete’s sake. And is there even an oxygen mask in there in case of emergency? The emergency I mean, of course, is from the blue tortilla chips. My boyfriend always complains that the plane is stinky after people eat those. Eww. I can’t go any further into that because I’m feeling quesy again.