American Airlines Boarded ‘Visibly Sick’ Passengers, Suit Says

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By Steven M. Sellers

American Airlines Inc. boarded “visibly sick” passengers on a June flight from New York to Chicago that resulted in the hospitalization of an infant passenger, according to a suit filed Dec. 6.

Lori Ann Kowalski claims the airline and its subsidiary, American Eagle Airlines Inc., breached their duty to prevent the allegedly sick passengers from boarding Flight 337, sickening her two-month-old child.

Commercial airlines are required by federal regulations to report deaths and illnesses to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the issue seldom arises in litigation, according to a Bloomberg Law analysis.

The complaint, filed in New York Supreme Court, Kings County, also alleges the unspecified illness required “medications and vaccinations” of the infant that are “a risk and dangerous to her health and development.” Kowalski also alleges her own pain and suffering, as well as negligent hiring and training of the airlines’ employees.

“We are in the process of reviewing the complaint and the details of the flight,” American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller told Bloomberg Law Dec. 7.

Harmon, Linder & Rogowsky represent Kowalski.

The case is M.K. vs. Amer. Airlines, Inc. , N.Y. Sup. Ct., No. 523512/2017, filed 12/6/17 .

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