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Couple Sues Over More Legroom

By Rachelle Bowden in News on May 17, 2004 12:26PM

American AirlinesA Cook County couple is suing American Airlines over what they claim is false advertising. Two years ago Jerome and Judith O'Callaghan say they bought American Airlines tickets to Paris because they advertised that their seats have more legroom. Instead they say they were so cramped up in seats 19A and 19B on a Boeing 767 that they suffered back and leg pain throughout their vacation and after they got home. The lawsuit claims that Judith, who suffered from back injuries, had been assured there would be plenty of legroom in her seat. When she saw the seats they were assigned they tried to request roomier seats but were denied. Jerome says that his legs were so unsteady after the flight that he tripped at the entrance to the Basilica of St. Paul's in Rome - an injury that resulted in a broken nose and smashed teeth. They are seeking more than $100,000.

Chicagoist thinks the lawsuit is a bit over the top, but also, having been on many cramped flights, can relate to the O'Callaghans' complaint. Before you book your next flight, check out this comprehensive guide to airline leg room.