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Flier sues after airline seats him next to tubby traveller

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An Italian lawyer says he was squeezed out of his seat by an overweight flier in the seat next to him and now he’s suing the airline.

Giorgio Destro claims that for nine hours he suffered on a flight from Cape Town to Dubai because of his overweight seatmate, The Local reports.

“For nine hours, I had to stand in the aisle, sit on seats reserved for the cabin crew when they were free, and in the final phase of flight resign myself to suffer the spillover of the passenger at my side,” he told the Italian newspaper Mattina Padova.

The frequent flier said he asked several hours into the flight if he could change seats but crew refused as the flight was sold out.

Padova even shared a photo to show how cramped he was.

Emirates airline has refused to apologize or compensate him, so Padova is suing for $4,000.

It isn’t the first time an airline has been sued by passengers who claimed they were crunched by a large-sized seat mate.

The Daily Mail reported that interior designer James Andres Bassos launched a lawsuit against Etihad Airways claiming he was forced to “contort” his body on a Sydney-to-Dubai flight.

He asked for $227,000, claiming the overweight passenger was crushing him and coughing.