A British Airways buyer is suing the airline for damages of as much as £10,000 after he was allegedly sat subsequent to an overweight man “the scale of Jonah Lomu”.

Stephen Prosser from Penygraig, South Wales, claims he suffered accidents after being “compelled right into a place of unnatural posture” by the hulking passenger for everything of a 12-hour flight from Bangkok to Heathrow in January 2016.

The 51-year-old civil engineer instructed Pontypridd County Courtroom the passenger was so giant that “when he positioned his arm down at occasions it will relaxation on my armrest and he would by accident flip the quantity of my audio.”

“I sat along with his knees wedged in opposition to the seat in entrance and the remainder of his physique was over spilling into my seat by some inches,” Mr Prosser mentioned.

”I used to be instantly conscious that this was going to be problematic for me and I might really feel the burden of his pure bulk placing lateral stress on my higher physique.”

Mr Prosser instructed the courtroom that he selected to not take subject with the passenger as a result of he appeared “self-conscious”.

He mentioned that he as a substitute flagged his considerations with cabin crew, who allegedly instructed him there have been no different seats accessible on the aircraft and didn’t permit him to swap with one other passenger.

He claims the incident left him with a continuing again spasm and an harm to his sacroiliac joint on the backside of his backbone for the next three months.

The 5ft 3in firm director is now searching for damages and the lack of earnings he claims he skilled after being unable to work.

However, British Airways has rejected Mr Prosser’s claims–stating he “didn’t show any indicators of harm” when leaving the flight.

Chris McLindon, the customer support supervisor on board the flight, mentioned in a witness assertion that Mr Prosser didn’t appear to be in any discomfort and “at occasions he was asleep”.

Jack Harding, representing British Airways, mentioned Mr Prosser was “exaggerating” by evaluating the opposite passenger to late New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu, who was 6ft 4in and weighed 19 stone.

Mr Harding mentioned: “You say the person reminded you of the late rugby participant Jonah Lomu. Would you say that’s a vibrant rationalization? An exaggeration?”

Mr Prosser replied: “In no way.”

The listening to continues.

Further reporting from PA

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