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Old 04-21-2009, 09:11 PM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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A woman who was paralyzed after disobeying warnings to remain in her seat during a turbulent flight over Texas has suffered the same type of catastrophic injuries as the late Christopher Reeve, according to her doctor.

Texas Woman Breaks Neck, Back In Airplane Turbulence - ABC News
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Old 04-22-2009, 05:57 AM
Location: Texas
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I wonder how long it will take her to file a lawsuit?
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:33 AM
Location: York, SC
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Originally Posted by statefan View Post
I wonder how long it will take her to file a lawsuit?
I'm sure we will hear about it SOON!!!
Her fault, she ignored the rules...but she will want the airline to pay...Some sleaze lawyer will be all over this!
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:19 PM
Location: SW MO
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If you watch the video next to the news article, it is her ATTORNEY talking about the "standard of care" he believes she wasn't given, and they are trying to decide what direction her lawsuit will take. It doesn't go into specifics about how or when she may have disregarded the warnings.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:58 PM
Location: New Jersey
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I don't wish that upon anyone but part of me has a "serves her right" attitude. Still, I feel terrible for her and am very sorry for her to have that happen.

I get pretty ticked with the people on the plane who clog up the aisles and ignore repeated requests from attendants to take their seats. Then there are those who don't fasten the belt. And I think, "These people need a good scare from some nasty turbulence," but it rarely happens.

I fly a lot (not as much now actually) for work, to the point of being Elite on Continental every year (whether silver, gold, or platinum, depends on the year) so I'm a frequent flyer and I'm not overreacting or anything. I'm not jaded to the warnings given by the attendants and pilots about taking your seats and keeping safety belts buckled, and this is probably because I've seen the turbulence get nasty.

One time we were flying from Phoenix to Sacramento, on America West, and there was rough turbulence kicking up. The pilot made his announcement for people to take seats and buckle up. The person in my row on the end (we had an empty middle seat between us) was unbuckled and a couple rows up was an idiot talking to his acquaintance, just standing in the aisle, blabbing. He ignored the pilot's warning and the attendant's request. Then, we hit a drop where I could feel my own seat belt pulling me down into my seat; the girl in my row on the end flew up out of her seat a good six inches and grabbed her armrests, and the guy in the aisle looked like he jumped a few inches and then landed and kind of tumbled in the aisle. The attendants came out to see if he was alright and quickly escorted him to his seat and made him buckle up, and the girl next to me buckled up.

I was thinking, "What do these people think that it's a joke when the pilot and attendants tell them to get in their seats???" I was glad that happened to them, because both of them got scared without getting hurt.

I'm sorry this woman got hurt though, I really wish she hadn't, it's a tragic thing to happen. I will keep her in my prayers. I wish she could have been scared like these other people were and not injured, and maybe this instance she'd have been buckled in and still healthy.

People on planes try to be so cool and jaded and nonchalant but there is a serious aspect to flying that people need to treat with seriousness and respect.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:57 AM
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To keep you and your family as safe as possible during flight, FAA regulations require passengers to be seated with their seat belts fastened:
[LIST][*]When the airplane leaves the gate and as it climbs after take-off.[*]During landing and taxi.[*]Whenever the seat belt sign is illuminated during flight.[/LIST]

A boring monologue at the beginning of a flight is really not too compelling, whereas a dramatization and video of actual victims of turbulence sitting in wheelchairs or with a feeding tube will have much more affect on the passenger. Each airline has the same story at the beginning of the flight. Wear your seat belt, where the exits are and how to don an oxygen mask.

The airlines should issue fines to the passengers for not wearing their seat belts and the flight staff should be more diligent about enforcing the seat belt rules instead of having to worry about feeding the pigs who fly. Bring your own and let the flight staff take care of health and welfare of their customers.

The airlines should install shock absorbers that would absorb quick movements of the people capsule, with all the billions they put into building them, it might even be feasible. Blaming the victims for being crippled is just sick and stupid. Pull the stick out of your own eye before you start making judgment calls.

Last edited by MB2; 06-20-2009 at 06:01 AM.. Reason: Edited due to reported post !
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:09 AM
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People on planes try to be so cool and jaded and nonchalant but there is a serious aspect to flying that people need to treat with seriousness and respect.

It is the responsibility of the professionals who fly everyday, the pilots, flight attendants etc. to keep the passengers informed about the dangers of flight. Most people don't experience life threatening turbulence or airline mishaps. The flight crews have and should make that very clear to the passengers using whatever means necessary. With all the money they have the 58 people who get injured a year from turbulence could be reduced to zero with an effective campaign to enforce the seat belt rule. Fines, tickets, incarceration, whatever works. You would think the airlines would put money and time into addressing these issues.

Instead they concentrate on peanuts, serving drinks etc.. They should have a few safety officers on every flight that go around with the authority to arrest or fine individuals based on their behavior on a flight. Besides, everybody is at risk when people ignore or belittle warnings, but if the airlines do not take their role seriously, then why should the passengers? Ask the crippled woman or 58 people who experienced turbulence to a life threatening degree why they weren't wearing their seat belts. Obviously the airline never learns from past experience otherwise they would have put these things in place after paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars. Instead of learning from these incidents, they have the insurance companies settle and try to keep it all quiet. Priorities....................
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:10 AM
Location: Prepperland
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"She had gotten up and gone to the bathroom," said Fulp. "When she was in the bathroom the flight apparently hit turbulence and she was thrown to the ceiling, which is how she got the C1 C2 fracture. Then she was thrown back against the toilet, which broke her back."
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