Airline Meal May Have Killed Someone

Everyone knows airplane food is gross, but a lawsuit says it's deadly

American Airlines hasn't been getting good press lately, and the latest blow is a lawsuit claiming an in-flight meal killed a man.

"The wife and daughter of the late Othon Cortes of Miami are suing the airline and Sky Chefs for more than $1 million, alleging he ate food contaminated with bacteria during a flight from Barcelona, Spain, to New York," CNN reports.

The lawsuit claims that Cortes ate food contaminated with Clostridium perfringens bacteria, which caused, "discomfort and pain that included sharp stomach cramps and sudden thirst." In the connecting flight from New York to Miami, Cortes became unresponsive after going into cardiac arrest. The plane made an emergency landing in Norfolk, Va., where Cortes was pronounced dead on arrival.

Sky Chefs claim they did not cater the Barcelona flight, but both Sky Chefs and American Airlines are accused of "failing to properly maintain or prepare the food." But if you're worried, Air Canada and Virgin Airlines have the healthiest food in the sky.

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