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Did United leave 80-year-old who was hit on head?

September 14, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

United Airlines is facing legal action over allegations that it left an 80-year-old woman, bloodied, at a layover airport after luggage fell and hit her on the head.

The airline, which has faced more than its share of PR problems this year, may be in hot water again.

A man alleges that after luggage fell and hit his 80-year-old mother on the head during a US domestic flight, United left her in a layover city without telling her family.

An outline of the case by the Charleston Post Courier says Fanny Marchevsky was treated for a concussion in Chicago. It was only when she failed to show up at her California destination that her family realised something was wrong.

Marchevsky, a retired university professor now aged 81, and her son have sued the airline. They blame flight attendants for injuring her and accuse them of not caring about her fate.

United disputes the alleged sequence of events. Its lawyers reportedly deny that the airline has committed any wrongful act. The airline has declined to comment further “due to pending litigation”.

In May, United apologised for a major blunder in which an international passenger was allowed to board the wrong flight and fly almost 5000 kilometres in the wrong direction.

As result, a passenger’s flight to Paris from Newark, New Jersey, turned into 28-hour ordeal that involved a transcontinental flight across North America to San Francisco.

A month earlier, passenger David Dao, a doctor, was violently dragged from a United flight after refusing to give his seat to a United staff member. On the same day, on a United flight from Houston to Calgary, a scorpion tumbled out of the overhead locker and stung a Canadian passenger.

Then, more recently, there was the mysterious death of Simon the giant rabbit. See: Airline shock – was giant bunny locked in freezer?

Out of all of these cases, Simon the rabbit seems to have come off worst.

Written by Peter Needham

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