A misunderstanding aboard a Chicago-bound flight led to a Nigerian man immigrating to the U.S. to be hit and his mouth taped, his lawyer claims.
David Ukesone was left with a welt on his face from flight attendants, who additionally tied the 71-year-old Nigerian man up, lawyer Howard Schaffner advised ABC Information.
“The person did nothing greater than sit within the fallacious seat,” Schaffner advised the community. “Even when he is within the fallacious seat you do not have to beat the man.”
Schaffner mentioned he plans to file a lawsuit in opposition to Emirates Airways over the alleged incident.
Ukesone, a retired police officer in Nigeria with no identified felony historical past, was on the second leg of his journey to the U.S. on Jan 23 when the scuffle broke out.
He’d not too long ago attained a visa to affix his spouse, who moved to the U.S. about 4 months in the past, and their grownup kids.
Schaffner advised ABC Information it was the primary time Ukesone was on a airplane in 35 years.
The primary journey — from Nigeria to Dubai — went off and not using a hitch.
However his voyage went right into a tailspin with about eight hours earlier than it arrived in Chicago.
Ukesone obtained up from his assigned seat — 35D — to make use of the restroom, however mistakenly sat down within the fallacious one afterward.
Schaffner mentioned Ukesone was “very shut” to his assigned seat, and didn’t intend to take a seat within the reserved part.
He spoke with a flight attendant, and eventually left bewildered.
“They advised him he was within the fallacious seat they usually laid arms on him to maneuver him and that is when the whole lot escalated,” Schaffner advised ABC Information.
Though Ukesone speaks English, his lawyer mentioned, he has bother comprehending the language when a non-Nigerian speaks it.
A scuffle ensued, with one of many Emirates flight attendants hitting Ukesone, leaving a “giant welt on his face.”
“He additionally has vital wounds on his wrists and ankles,” Schaffner advised ABC Information.
Ukesone wasn’t given meals or water and his mouth was taped for the remaining eight hours of his flight.
He was wheeled off the airplane in a stretcher afterward, and dropped at a hospital whereas his son wasn’t positive of his whereabouts.
“He is ready for hours and he begins to test and asks folks about his dad,” the lawyer mentioned.
Ukesone was handled on the College of Chicago Medical Heart for 4 days, based on native ABC affiliate WLS.
There was by no means an arrest nor a police report for the incident, ABC Information reported.
Emirates, which didn’t instantly return the Day by day Information’ request for remark, confirmed to ABC Information a passenger was faraway from final week’s flight.
“The protection of our passengers and crew is of the utmost significance and won’t be compromised,” the airline mentioned in a press release. “We wish to take this chance to thank the opposite passengers on the flight for his or her understanding, particularly the people who had assisted our crew throughout the flight.”