Woman sues Emirates over claims she fainted and injured ankle due to dehydration

Jun 19, 2019
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Lina Di Falco, 54, told Victoria's Supreme Court last week she injured her ankle on the flight as a result of the fall. Source: Twitter - 7NEWS

Should airlines be required to provide free water onboard flights? The issue has hit the headlines across the country with news that an Australian woman is suing Emirates airline over claims she collapsed after becoming dehydrated on a long-haul flight to Dubai in March 2015.

Lina Di Falco, 54, told Victoria’s Supreme Court last week she injured her ankle on the flight as a result of the fall and still suffers from constant pain, according to Australian Associated Press.

Di Falco said she was given just one glass of water with her meal more than an hour after the plane departed, even though she asked repeatedly for water, news.com.au reports.

The passenger then revealed when she started making her way to the bathroom she collapsed and injured her ankle.

After returning to Australia, Di Falco was told her ankle was broken and in need of surgery.

News.com.au reports Di Falco is suing the airline for damages, with her barrister Ron Meldrum QC, saying she had been an “adventurous” traveller before the fall.

She told the court her friendships and marriage had suffered as a result of the incident.

“I was a happy person,” Di Falco said, according to news.com.au. “The confidence I had for myself, it’s all gone.”

Meanwhile, representing Emirates, barrister John Ribbands reportedly told the court last week the plane had a water fountain available onboard, but Di Falco claims she did not see it.

An Emirates spokesperson told Travel at 60: “We are confident that our crew on the flight had performed in accordance to our service quality standards, and we will be defending our position in court.”

The trial continues.

Have you been following this story? Have you ever been denied water on a flight?

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