A couple words came to my mind when I read this headline: Aggressive. Bold. Ballsy. Those are adjectives that describe one Giorgio Destro, is suing Emirates Airlines because his journey was ‘ruined’ by his seat companion, who he claims made his trip from Cape Town to Dubai uncomfortable due to his rather rotund size.
According to Italian newspaper Mattino Padova, Destro, from Padua in Italy, reported that despite being a ‘gold member’ with Emirates, he was not allowed to change seats as the flight, and he was allegedly not offered compensation or apology by the airline. So what’d he decide? ‘F*ck it, I’m suing.’ I doubt money is any object to this guy anyway, considering he is a gold member with Emirates.
According to reports, Destro is seeking about $2500 (US) in damages for ‘spillover’ as the man’s large stature ‘encroached’ into his own seat.
‘For nine hours, I had to stand in the aisle, sit on seats reserved for the cabin crew when they were free, and in the final phase of flight resign myself to suffer the ‘spillover’ of the passenger at my side,’ Destro told Mattino Padova
As for the Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque selfie, he took it selfie as evidence of his in-flight conditions. On top of the $2500 for damages, Destro wants another $3000 for compensation, and a $850 dollar refund for the flight.
Honestly, I mean you can’t blame the dude – that’s one long ass flight to be uncomfortable for – but what the hell is the airline supposed to do? Not let fat people on? I don’t think so. The rich tend to be larger folk, and Emirates certainly aren’t turning them away anytime soon.
Props to my fellow Italian Giorgio Destro for not taking a shit.