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Woman Sues JetBlue Over Request For Larger Airsickness Bag

Sues For $5.5 Million After Bumped From Flight

Occasionally, we'll come across a story that makes us feel slightly queasy. Usually, those stories have to do with user fees... but this one certainly qualifies, too.

A 73-year-old Manhattan woman is suing JetBlue, after she was allegedly removed from a flight for asking if she could have a super-sized airsickness bag.

If you pause to consider why a person would ask for such a container... yeah, you're right. The New York Daily News says Phyllis Gershon was afraid the flight back home from Burbank, CA would make her ill -- more ill than most -- and she wanted to be prepared.

In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court this week, Gershon states the cabin crew argued with her over her request... before pulling her off the October flight completely.

Gershon says she told two airline employees she was already feeling queasy. The Daily News adds she pulled out "a three-day-old, half-eaten sandwich" to make her case. We're not exactly sure why, unless she intended to make the cabin crew feel sick, too.

"It was a nightmare," Gershon said of the experience. "I've had nightmares about it," adding the experience made her feel "she had been accused of being a terrorist."

The lawsuit asks for $5.5 million to help Gershon calm her nightmares. JetBlue declined to comment on the matter.

FMI: www.jetblue.com, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airsickness

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