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Stranded Airline Passengers File Lawsuit Against Jet Blue Airways

Port Washington, NY: A lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed against JetBlue Airways Corporation on behalf of passengers stranded on the tarmac at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 29, 2011. The lawsuit, was filed on behalf of all US residents who were passengers aboard JetBlue flights diverted to Bradley International Airport from New York airports on October 29, 2011, and were stranded on the tarmac for more than three hours.

According to the Complaint, lead plaintiffs Viviane Joseph, Timothy Moffitt, and Megan Cotrone, all residents of Florida, were passengers aboard various JetBlue flights on October 29, 2011. That day, a rapidly deepening Atlantic low pressure system brought heavy winter storm conditions to the Northeast region of the U.S. Winter storm warnings were issued from Pennsylvania to Maine, and Connecticut was in the direct line of sight of the rapidly approaching storm.

Because of the winter storm conditions, approximately 23 flights were diverted to Bradley International Airport. JetBlue Airways diverted 6 New York-bound flights to Bradley, including the three flights on which the Plaintiffs were traveling. As a result of these diversions, passengers on the JetBlue flights were stranded on the tarmac for up to 7 1/2 hours. Their lawsuit alleges that during that time, Plaintiffs were subjected to intolerable and inhumane conditions, including rolling blackouts and malfunctioning toilets that backed up and would not flush. According to the complaint, crews on the affected flights also ran out of potable water and food for passengers.

The lawsuit alleges violations of New York's Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, false imprisonment, negligence and negligence per se, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. The complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief on behalf of the Plaintiffs and all members of the proposed Class.

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Published on Nov-28-11


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