A passenger on a March 2017 flight with Southwest Airlines filed a lawsuit against the company after a suitcase fell on him during the flight, which caused multiple injuries and incurred medical expenses.
The passenger, Charles E. Giebel II, was sitting in the aisle seat on a flight to Newark, NJ from Denver International Airport (DIA) when another passenger struggling to load a suitcase in the overhead bins dropped the luggage on Giebel’s head.
According to the lawsuit, Giebel sustained permanent injuries, including head and shoulder pain.
If a passenger is having difficulties loading their suitcase, a flight attendant should take notice and offer assistance, the lawsuit stated.
In a similar case of tumbling suitcases, a passenger filed a lawsuit against Southwest Airlines in 2013 after another passenger’s oversized luggage fell on him and caused a compressed disc. The lawsuit claimed that the airline and its staff are liable for letting passengers board the aircraft with oversized carry-ons.
The passenger sought $49,000 in damages against the airline, for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
[Source: Southwest Airlines]