Urine-Soaked Seat Ruins Couple's Vacation
Picture this: you've got a flight to catch. You push through all the stress and scramble of packing, getting to the airport, trudging through security, and hearing the same tinny announcement loop for an hour in the waiting area. You finally get up to board the plane, and you get to do so before others because you paid a little extra for the good seats. The end is near - you can feel it. You're almost on vacation.
You shove your bag into the overhead compartment and finally sink down into your seat with a glass of champagne to relax with your wife. Hold on now, something's not right. You suddenly feel damp. You just sat in piss.
This was the reality for hapless British Airways passenger Andy Vicary. The 52-year-old had just boarded a 10-hour flight to Kingston, Jamaica when the incident occurred. According to Fox, they bagged his £150 ($195) pants and seat him elsewhere (far from his wife) for the flight.
"The entire seat was saturated in urine. The cabin crew tried to take the seat cover off and it was disgusting as it had soaked right through. I had to move seats and I was not able to sit with my wife for the flight, which was really disappointing as well. The cabin crew put my trousers in a plastic bag, but I was not able to wash them on holiday as there are no clothes washing facilities, so when I got back I just had to throw them in the bin."
His misery didn't stop there.
"We traveled to the resort in Kingston and quite a few of the people that were on the flight with us were also staying at the resort. The whole holiday I had people coming up to me to ask me questions about what had happened."
Some might be able to laugh it off and enjoy the rest of the trip, but Vicary was obviously quite frustrated with the ordeal. He was compensated by British Airways with 40,000 airline miles and a future seat upgrade, but he's not pleased as he believes it ruined the entirety of his £5,000 ($6500) vacation.
"The lady at British Airways who dealt with the complaint was very nice and everything, but I really do not think that they were right to offer me air miles. For me, it just didn't seem enough to compensate what had happened."
Time for your thoughts: Is he justified in suing for more compensation? Or is he just taking the piss?