N.Y. man sues Delta, Air France-KLM and terrorist for $10,000,000 in 2009 "underwear bombing" attack

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  1. ceieoc

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    NEW YORK (AP) – A New York man has sued two airlines for $10 million in damages for injuries he says he incurred when he jumped on a Nigerian man who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner with a bomb in his underwear.

    The New York Post reports that his federal court filing says the struggle left him with "injuries to the ribs, permanent numbness in the hands, pain in the neck...and removal of a tooth."

    If he only received an extra bag of peanuts plus a few thousand Delta Skymiles as compensation for saving 290 people on board from disaster on Northwest Airlines flight 253 on Christmas day 2009 from Amsterdam to Detroit, he might feel underappreciated.

    More info:
    http://www.freep.com/article/201112...mar-Farouk-Abdulmutallab-demands-a-new-lawyer

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/undie_bomb_hero_suit_tSoJ8oHdr8brk8K5eBM8KL

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57346930/man-who-foiled-underwear-bomber-sues-airlines/

    http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/post/2011/12/ny-man-sues-airlines-in-2009-plane-attack/590515/1
     
  2. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    He didn't get a book deal?!
     
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    There should be a law stating that everyone gets to choose between (1) book deal or (2) suing the pants off everyone. You don't get both. If the rest of society really cares about your woes, the royalties from the book deal should be sufficient.
     
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    Well, he can have 1 million skypesos, but he has to use the award calendar to skymiles markerplace to redeem them...

    maybe he should take the extra peanuts
     
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    I wonder if he sought medical help immediately after the event -- I can't remember seeing anything about anyone else being injured that day.

    Of course, the first reports, said someone ignited fireworks on the plane.

    DTWBOB
     
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    Unclear as to how to respond, but is his act a part of being a good Samaritan? Had he not intervened, everyone - including himself - may have possibly perished, but it is also in his own self-interest to ensure his survival.

    Also, it may be a tricky thing to sue the terrorist. What if he wins and the award is 99.9% against the terrorist and 0.1% against the airline.
     
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    Mathmatically it would be:
    Terrorist owes $9,990,000.00
    Delta/Air France-KLM owes $10,000.00

    If the terrorist paid $9,990,000.00 using the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express, they could get up to 399 free domestic trips. As a bonus, their Delta Skymiles never expire. Oh, I almost forgot, and a free checked bag with every Delta Airlines flight.
     
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    Are the airlines responsible for security screening in Amsterdam (or wherever the guy boarding with his panty bomb)?
     
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    It was an AMS-DTW flight. AFAIK security screening at AMS is the responsibility of the government. They used to use this to explain the absence of elite lines. For USA carriers TATL, the screening is at the gate, so it would not have been the responsibility of another airport in this case.
     
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    I haven't flown Delta across the pond ever, but with UA when flying from Europe to the US they have those hired "security" guys at the gate or checkin counter asking silly "trick" questions like "who packed your bag" (should have been "who dressed you in your underwear?") -- those are paid by the airline, I believe. Maybe that's the angle for the lawsuit against Delta/KLM/AF.
     
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    I think this guy has no choice but to go after the airline, especially if they are the ones who hired security at whatever airport in Europe. What, realistically, is the guy going to collect from suing the terrorist? A pair of used underwear maybe?
     
  12. MLW20
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    That is so ridiculous! He risked his life however wouldn't his life been in greater danger if he did not step in to help stop the terrorist?
    It seems like he is being a pain in the neck, I doubt he has a pain in his neck or any of the other injuries stated in the articles!
     
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