An actor is suing American Airlines and its regional SkyWest after his pinky finger became lodged in the hole of armrest during a flight, resulting in his humiliation and physical pain.
Stephen Keys, who has appeared in films ‘Soul Plane’ and ‘Remarkable Power’ as well as TV shows ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Ugly Betty,’ said the incident happened during a September flight from Reno, Nevada to Los Angeles, California.
In the suit filed last Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Keys claims the airline experience turned into a nightmare when he attempted to put the armrest of his seat up.
His pinky finger became stuck in a small hole and he was unable to remove it. He claims he suffered injuries and extreme embarrassment as fellow passengers watched him struggle.
The suit states: ‘The spring mechanism embedded inside of this hole in the armrest applied intense pressure to plaintiff’s finger, immediately inflicting injury, swelling and pain.
‘Dozens of passengers became aware of Mr. Keys’ perilous condition, causing his dire situation to become a humiliating public spectacle.
His finger was allegedly jammed in the gap for the remainder of the flight.
‘By the end of it all, he remained entrapped in this nightmarish condition, suffering for nearly an hour,’ the suit further said.
Airline employees were unable to resolve the issue. A Skywest mechanic ultimately was forced to disassemble the armrest.
A representative for SkyWest released a statement on the matter Tuesday afternoon.
‘The comfort and safety of our passengers is our first priority,’ the statement said.
‘We worked with our partner American to reach out to Mr. Keys regarding his bruised finger and look forward to swiftly resolving this matter… due to the ongoing litigation, we cannot comment further.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, by JESSA SCHROEDER