Hey, Anything's Better Than Coach...
We'd say that something
smells here... but we don't wish to imply anything, or go for an
all-too-obvious pun. A New York City man claims JetBlue Airways
forced him to give up his seat on a February flight, forcing him to
sit in the plane's lav during part of the five-hour flight from
The Associated Press reports Gokhan Mutlu is suing the low-cost
carrier for over $2 million following the alleged February 23
According to the lawsuit, Mutlu -- who was traveling from San
Diego on a standby "buddy pass" voucher, given to him by a JetBlue
employee -- was told by the plane's pilot to give up his seat for a
flight attendant who complained the jump seat was
Mutlu says he was initially told the non-reving flight attendant
had taken the last seat, but that she later decided to sit in the
employee jump seat so he could have the seat. The flight attendant
later decided to take the seat, however, Mutlu claims... forcing
him to sit in the jump seat.
It's here where the story gets interesting. Mutlu says the pilot
told him he couldn't sit in the jump seat, as only airline
employees are permitted to sit there. So he was purportedly told to
sit in the lav.
When Mutlu complained, the lawsuit claims the pilot responded
"he was the pilot, that this was his plane, under his command that
(Mutlu) should be grateful for being on board."
The suit also claims when passengers were told to return to
their seats due to an encounter with rough air, "the plaintiff had
no seat to return to, sitting on a toilet stool with no seat
A male flight attendant eventually knocked on the lav door, and
told Mutlu he could return to his original seat.
Mutlu filed the lawsuit Friday in Manhattan's state Supreme
Court, claiming JetBlue endangered him by not providing him with a
seat equipped with a safety belt. JetBlue hasn't commented.