Body-odour man loses damages lawsuit

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16 November 2006, Dusseldorf, Germany (dpa) - A passenger who was taken off a flight out of the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu because of his body odour lost a lawsuit Wednesday he brought in Germany against British Airways. A women passenger complained to the crew about his smell before take-off, and a flight attendant requested the sweating German to change into a clean shirt. However his clothing was in a bag in the hold, so he and his luggage were left behind in Honolulu. The man had demanded 2,200 euros

16 November 2006

Dusseldorf, Germany (dpa) - A passenger who was taken off a flight out of the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu because of his body odour lost a lawsuit Wednesday he brought in Germany against British Airways.

A women passenger complained to the crew about his smell before take-off, and a flight attendant requested the sweating German to change into a clean shirt. However his clothing was in a bag in the hold, so he and his luggage were left behind in Honolulu.

The man had demanded 2,200 euros (2,800 dollars) in damages from the airline, alleging his time was wasted and he had to pay more after missing an onward connection back to Dusseldorf in Germany.

He lost his case in a lower court because the fine print on his flight contract said the airline does not carry people who have "extreme body odour." The plaintiff said that he had overheated while hauling three suitcases round the non-air-conditioned airport.

He brought an appeal Wednesday but when judges convened, the plaintiff phoned to say that he was stuck in a traffic jam. The Dusseldorf judges threw out the case, saying this was not an adequate excuse.

Martina Griebel, a lawyer for British Airways, said it was the only time the airline had ever applied the "odour" rule to a passenger.

"Personal freedom come to an end when it limits the freedom of others. That certainly applies with strong body odour," she said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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