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post #1 of 14
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http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbc...GNEWS/51111010
I just can't imagine sueing over this. I feel sorry for the kid who got bit. Brown Recluses can be deadly. I live in Florida and know 3 people who have been bit. Years ago my BF almost lost a leg caused by a brown recluse bite. I just can't comprehend how its the airline's fault.
post #2 of 14
I dont know how it could be their fault either. It's not like there was some weird "brown recluse habitat" attraction on board and they escaped...
post #3 of 14
Maybe it was a radioactive spider, or a spider from another planet, and now he'll get superpowers! It would be most appropriate if he ended up being able to fly, of course.

Being serious, I have to agree. How, exactly, is it the airline's fault that his son MIGHT have been bitten by a spider? Sheesh!!
post #4 of 14
I think those people should be sued for being idiots. Seriously, how could it possibly be the airline's fault that the kid may have gotten bit by a spider. My stepbrother got bit by one on the hand once when he was in his apartment, does that mean he should sue the apartment complex? According to that article only 100 people have even been bitten by a brown recluse in Florida. They are ugly spiders to be sure, but very easy to pick out and recognize. They don't look like your normal brown spider. I can't believe the guy didn't even save the spider.
post #5 of 14
Yea that won't go very far
post #6 of 14
oops...the airline forgot to install those super-sticky spider catchers as mandated by the Patriot Act!!!!!!! Ooooh, aiding and abetting terrorist spiders!!!!!!!!

HAAAAAAAA!

Poor boy though.
post #7 of 14
While I do feel sorry for the boy who was bitten, it's not the airline's fault. If he'd been mauled by a tiger it would be, but expecting the cabin of an airplane to be insect or arachnid free is totally unreasonable.
post #8 of 14
That's too funny!! I do feel sorry for the kid who was bit and of course that part is no laughing matter...but sueing!!, come on life happens..the spider probably came on in a passengers carry on or something..no one can stop that.
post #9 of 14
Good grief! Insects and spiders hitchhike in baggage and on clothes all the time. The airline is hardly responsible for this kid being bitten.

BTW: that newspaper needs a better proofreader. Notice the reference to a "staff" infection
post #10 of 14
ok, the airline cant be expected to ensure there planes are free from all kinds of spiders and bugs but the kid could lose a toe!

i think as a gesture they should offer to pay for his medical care and/or send him a good will gift.

when you get on a plane you dont expect your safety to be compromised by poisionous creatures, and if its a real possibility that they could be accidently carried on the plane maybe the airline should take precautions.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
ok, the airline cant be expected to ensure there planes are free from all kinds of spiders and bugs but the kid could lose a toe!

i think as a gesture they should offer to pay for his medical care and/or send him a good will gift.

when you get on a plane you dont expect your safety to be compromised by poisionous creatures, and if its a real possibility that they could be accidently carried on the plane maybe the airline should take precautions.
They can't give him anything unless they want to give him everything. Lemme 'splain. If they give him so much as a get-well-soon card, that can be used in court to "prove" that the airline believes itself to be at fault, and then the kid may win millions. So, the airline can't give him a thing.

And, while the injury is severe, there is no evidence that the spider's presence on the plane was their fault. The article says they have strict cleaning protocols, but that doesn't stop a passenger from bringing a spider onboard. The airline simply can't be held legally responsible for something that was so totally outside their control. It just wouldn't be fair.
post #12 of 14
its a shame people are so greedy and they couldnt just offer him a small gesture

all the same, i think they should at least offer him something. they way in which your offered at least a token offering when you find a spider in your cornflakes!
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
its a shame people are so greedy and they couldnt just offer him a small gesture

all the same, i think they should at least offer him something. they way in which your offered at least a token offering when you find a spider in your cornflakes!
This is comparing apples and oranges. A spider in the cornflakes probably happened at the factory, due to inadequate pest control. The spider on the airplane was probably a hitchhiker. I'm sure that JetBlue does not "salt" their planes with spiders.

As for greedy people, it apears that the kid's family are the greedy ones. As long as people keep on with these frivolous lawsuits, we ALL pay higher prices.

Sometimes, bad things just happen and NOBODY'S to blame.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by katl8e

BTW: that newspaper needs a better proofreader. Notice the reference to a "staff" infection
Lets sue the newspaper!
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