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United Airlines agrees to $30 million settlement in landmark quadriplegic passenger case

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United Airlines has reached a significant settlement of $30 million with the family of a quadriplegic man who endured a distressing incident during a flight. The agreement comes in response to a lawsuit filed by the family after a series of events that transpired onboard the airline.

The Family of Nathaniel Foster Jr. contended that United Airlines fell short of the anticipated standard of care for travelers with disabilities upon his disembarkation. Their allegations centered around an assertion that an airline agent exerted excessive force while maneuvering Foster’s wheelchair, reported by Reuters.

The incident stemmed from the circumstances surrounding Foster, who relied on a wheelchair, ventilator, and tracheal tube. This event occurred during the deplaning process on February 8, 2019, following a United Express flight to Monroe, Louisiana. The family had undertaken the journey to pay their respects at a funeral.

This case highlights the importance of prioritizing the needs of passengers with disabilities and upholding standards of care across the aviation industry. The settlement is a reminder that negligence in providing adequate support to passengers with disabilities can lead to severe consequences, and airlines must continue to work towards making air travel an accessible and comfortable experience for all passengers, regardless of their physical condition.

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