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Can I sue an airline for mistreating my child?

In the last several months, passenger mistreatment has been front and center in the public eye. The incident that galvanized much of the public conversation occurred only weeks ago when United Airlines dragged a doctor off of a plane, ostensibly to make room for crew it wanted to get to another flight. However, there are other recent examples of airline personnel exhibiting surprising disregard for human decency.

Unfortunately, abusive behavior to passengers is not restricted to adults. In some instances, child passengers also suffer from unfair treatment by airline personnel, such as one New York 12-year-old who felt the wrath of a boarding agent after enduring an extremely lengthy delay.

Flight delay leads to passenger abuse

The child and 10 other family members were flying to Florida through La Guardia when their flight was delayed for 17 hours. The family and many others ended up sleeping on the floor by the gate waiting to board a plane.

After 17 hours of waiting in the terminal, the boarding agent got on the intercom to make announcements to the weary passengers. At that point, the child began to film the scene with his phone to document the state of the passengers.

This infuriated the boarding agent, who approached the child and struck him, knocking his phone out of his hand. The agent also allegedly claimed that filming the scene was illegal.

Immediately, and understandably, the outraged family of the child claimed that the boarding agent's behavior constituted child abuse, and filed charges against the airline.

While the law does give an uncomfortable amount of authority to airlines and airline personnel in some situations, you should never simply overlook mistreatment, especially if it turns violent.

Stand up for yourself, your child, and all passengers

The reality of the matter is that many airlines or other large, powerful entities create corporate cultures that encourage or overlook mistreatment of private citizens. In many cases, this mistreatment is illegal, but the airline may claim that it isn't simply because they think they can get away with it.

Finally, it seems that the public is no longer willing to put up with abusive behavior while traveling the (theoretically) friendly skies.

Many passengers who experience mistreatment at the hands of airline personnel are doing the brave thing and standing up for their rights and the rights of others.

As the backlash over the unbelievable mistreatment of the doctor aboard the recent United Airlines flight illustrates, when you stand up to mistreatment, you shine a light on practices that affect us all.

Don't wait to get strong legal guidance

Can you sue an airline for mistreatment? Yes! In fact, sometimes the only language that large companies understand is a lawsuit to remind them that passengers are human beings with inalienable rights, not vegetables packed into a can.

You child does not deserve abuse from airline personnel under any circumstances, and neither do you. Of course, each case of potential abuse is different, and requires its own evaluation. The guidance of an experienced attorney who understands how to fight for passengers' rights can help ensure that your rights and the rights of your family remain respected, while pursuing fair justice for the harm you suffered.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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