A tourist is suing British Airways, claiming he suffered injury and loss of earnings from having to sit next to an obese passenger on a 12-hour flight.
Stephen Prosser, 51, from Penygraig, South Wales, told Pontypridd County Court that British Airways cabin crew ignored his warnings he would be injured if he was forced to sit next to the man, the Press Association reported.
Prosser, a freelance civil engineer, described the individual as being "extremely large," 6 feet 4 and more than 300 pounds.
"He was that large that he had to force his buttocks between the arm rests of the seats," Prosser said. "The man sat with his knees wedged against the seat in front and the rest of his body was over spilling into my seat by some inches"
"I was immediately aware that this was going to be problematic for me and I could feel the weight of his pure bulk putting lateral pressure on my upper body. This forced me into a position of unnatural posture," PA reported him as saying.
Prosser, who is 5 foot 3, claims he suffered nerve damage and a pelvic injury, leaving him with a continual back spasm.
He added that he had to visit a chiropractor for two years and to limit his work for three months.