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‘My butt was burned on airline!’ Young woman sues

September 6, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Readers of the New York Post at the weekend were confronted with a colour photo of a young woman’s blistered right buttock, illustrating a graphic story about an in-flight scalding incident which the victim said felt “like my pants were on fire”.

New York woman Michelle Lavin, 25, has filed a lawsuit against airline JetBlue, alleging that in 2014 a cup of tea seriously burned her buttocks – or her right buttock, to be precise.

The airline “failed to show proper concern until she pulled down her pants and revealed the damage,” AOL News reported.

Lavin told the New York Post that she sustained second- and third-degree burns.

Her account of the incident paints a lurid picture of a modern American flight – in this case during the busy Labor Day weekend.

A flight attendant brought Lavin a cup of tea “filled to the brim” and “very hot, even in my hands”, she said. No sooner had she taken it, than a man at the back of the plane started shouting at a woman, telling her to silence her barking dog. (Passengers may bring “companion animals” such as dogs on flights in the US.)

The woman’s response, according to Lavin, was not to make her dog shut up but to let out a piercing scream “insanely loud, like a horror movie”. Lavin said she turned round in response to the scream and knocked over the cup of tea. She said the flight attendant hadn’t secured the lid properly.

Lavin says she was in great pain. Cabin crew brought her ice and aspirin but said they had nothing on the plane for burns.

Lavin said flight attendants told her “We need you to go sit down” and didn’t take her injury seriously until she pulled down her pants in front of two female flight attendants.

From then on, they knew she had a problem.

Lavin is being represented by her uncle, lawyer Thomas Lavin, the Post said. The lawyer said his niece initially wanted to avoid litigation but had been poorly treated by the airline so was now going ahead.

Anyone wishing to inspect the damage to Lavin’s right buttock can do so here:

The airline declined to comment on the story.

Written by Peter Needham

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