When I first read about this yesterday morning, I felt sorry for the woman, but now I am wondering if she isn't exaggerating a great deal in hopes of winning big money against United. Here is the story. On Monday night a woman took a flight from Washington DC to Philadelphia. The plane arrived at midnight. The woman says she fell asleep on the plane and the next thing she knew a cleaning crew found her at around 4 a.m when they went to get the plane ready for the next morning.
The woman, Ginger McGuire works in radio and television in Detroit and is suing United for "false imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress and negligence."
So, here is my take. Does it suck and was it scary? I am sure it was. Should the flight attendants have checked to see if everyone was gone? Yes they should have. However, I also think the woman shares some of the blame. A lot has changed since I went to law school, but one of the primary requirements for false imprisonment is that you have to be aware you are imprisoned. Since the cleaning crew woke her up she never knew she had been imprisoned. Plus, come on, if she had been awake, she would have probably had a cell phone, could have opened the exits. You know, the doors that say exit which can be opened by passengers. I think the airline would have understood the necessity. She is probably suing for millions. Why? She didn't even know!!!!