Emotional Turbulence

Published October 21, 2011

Continental Airlines is being sued by a passenger complaining tornados and thunderstorms made her flight turbulent. She claims she’s suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome and fear of flying.

She alleges the ride was so rough she thought the plane was losing power and falling out of the sky. She aspired to work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but that would require air travel. She wants damages for physical and mental anguish and medical expenses, as well as income lost from the FEMA job.

Source: Jenalia Moreno, “Turbulent flight lands in court,” Houston Chronicle, October 11, 2011, via faces of lawsuit abuse, a project of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform