Sunday, February 15, 2009

Passengers Stuck on Tarmac Sue For False Imprisonment

Taca airline passengers stuck on the ground for hours in Ontario last November have filed suit claiming negligence and false imprisonment.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of 75 plaintiffs, and is seeking $5 million in damages.

The suit claims that 192 passengers on board Taca flight 670 from El Salvador suffered inhumane treatment by being forced to stay on board the plane without enough food, water or fresh air.

The flight was headed to LAX but was diverted to Ontario International Airport due to heavy fog.

The passengers were reportedly held inside the plane because Ontario airport lacked sufficient U.S. Customs and Border Protection staffers to process the passengers.

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