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Passenger Pulled From Airline Toilet With Pants Still Down

Passenger Pulled From Airline Toilet With Pants Still Down
Meg Butler

Remember news about passengers and airlines getting themselves into headlining and awkward incidents? While the coronavirus has stopped most passengers from flying, it hasn’t stopped lawsuits from previous flights arriving in the courts. Today’s incident happened in 2018, but American Mary Oshana has just filed a lawsuit and broken the news of allegedly shocking behavior by Aer Lingus crewmembers.

The Incident

According to the suit, Oshana’s flight was taxing from the departure gate at O’Hare International Airport and remained stopped on the tarmac for around 30 minutes. So, she took the opportunity to go to the bathroom.

Around “20 seconds” later, she heard “one or more” crew members banging on the door telling her to return to her seat. She told them she’d be out in “just a minute.” Then, another 20 seconds later, two Aer Lingus flight attendants “broke through the lavatory door, grabbed the plaintiff under her arms, dragged her to her seat while her pants were below her knees, and threw her with great force into the armrest and seat”.

This exposed Oshana’s “buttocks and genitalia” to other passengers who laughed at the sight. She is seeking a jury trial for damages, claiming that the airline staff  “acted unreasonably, carelessly, and negligently” and injured her hip when removing her from the bathroom.

Aer Lingus has not publicly responded to the lawsuit.

To read more on this story, head to The Independent

View Comments (16)


  1. MRM

    April 7, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Unless I see this on Twitter or TikTok then I don’t believe it’s true.

  2. arollins

    April 7, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    First, why 2 years for lawsuit, second, how come we are just hearing this? there seems to be more to this story.

  3. mvoight

    April 7, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    2 years because apparently she first tried to get the airline to pay more than they thought should pay

  4. top987

    April 8, 2020 at 5:16 am

    @arollins – There’s always more to the story. As for the time delay, it could be that she tried to settle and spent two years going back and forth and when nothing satisfactory to her was offered she filed a suit. That kind of thing happens a lot.

  5. redrob

    April 8, 2020 at 5:40 am

    I’d love to know what interaction there may have been in the previous 30 minutes between the crew and this passenger.
    The whole thing sounds so dramatic and draconian that I can’t believe that the story hasn’t come out before, either from the passenger herself or the dozens of other passengers who would surely have witnessed it.
    Some facts definitely seem to be missing here and without them, it doesn’t ring true to me.

  6. D2travel

    April 8, 2020 at 7:39 am

    What, no cell phone video or pics? Good luck with that lawsuit…

  7. VaguelyAsian

    April 8, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    I would have applauded them. Sit your ass down!

  8. RandyN

    April 9, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    She’s lying.

  9. Gynob001

    April 11, 2020 at 8:05 am

    why there are no seat belts for the toilet seat?

  10. Counsellor

    April 16, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Airlines don’t seem to realize that nature does not stop just because they decide to delay take-off. Bladders cannot wait forever, and if they were sitting for 30 minutes(!!) they should show people (particularly elderly people) some consideration. The plane wasn’t moving (according to the story) so no pax were endangered by the lady answering the call of nature. Since it was just sitting there, how was she to gauge how much longer they’d want her to “hold it”? Obviously the crew didn’t think there was danger to be up moving around (since they were up pounding on doors, breaking in to restrooms, and manhandling customers) so why couldn’t they have let her finish?

    Sue them for their back teeth, sez I!

  11. Lakeviewsteve

    April 30, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    If the fasten seat belt sign was ON she should be found guilty. Airline rules are NOT optional they are for the safety of everyone on board. If the plane took off and she was still in the bathroom she would probably sue for that too. I hope she is permanently on their no fly list.

  12. Lakeviewsteve

    April 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    counselor, you are wrong. Who do you counsel, monkeys?

  13. Steve M

    April 30, 2020 at 9:35 pm


    Because in the US, there’s often a 2-year statute of limitations on filing such a lawsuit. It’s not uncommon for settlement negotiations to have been ongoing, but if the parties don’t agree, the plaintiff must file the lawsuit within 2 years of the incident. That’s why many are filed right around that time, sometimes on the last day.


    There is lots of danger even when the plane is not moving – see below. Plus, the pilots want to be able to start moving again without having to have the FA’s re-secure the cabin.

  14. Global321

    May 2, 2020 at 8:03 am

    If it happened the way the plaintiff describes, of course, the airline was 100% wrong. You simply are not allowed to assault someone because they are not following the seatbelt sign. However, I tend to agree with others that there is likely more to the story. But, I doubt we will even know; I expect a confidential settlement.

    As for the seatbelt sign being on, that depends on the carrier. CX – absolutely, follow the rules. AA/DL/UZ… ehhh. Many flights, captains simply do not turn it off for hours at a time, despite smooth air. Everyone ignores it from time to time. It is a biological imperative.

    Steve M – While I agree in general you should obey the seatbelt sign, most of your videos are on planes without passengers. In the others, no one would have been injured if they were standing up.

  15. djjaguar64

    May 6, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Now if she was in business they would not have done that to her.

  16. DELee

    May 8, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    You cannot do what she do…

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