Boy who claimed hot chocolate burn on Aer Lingus flight settles for €70,000

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Boy who claimed hot chocolate burn on Aer Lingus flight settles for €70,000

Airline had denied the claims and settlement was without admission of liability

It was claimed the boy removed the cup’s lid to add milk and then replaced it but, as he took a sip of the drink, the liquid spilled onto his lap.

A boy who allegedly suffered a scald burn on his leg when a hot chocolate drink he ordered on an Aer Lingus flight spilled onto his lap has settled his High Court action for €70,000. The settlement was without admission of liability.

Jason Yonkeu was aged 12 at the time of the accident in 2016.

The boy, of Wellview Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin had, through his father Leopold Yonkeu, sued Aer Lingus over the accident on the Nice-Dublin flight on August 8th, 2016.



It was claimed, when the aircraft was in the air 40 minutes after taking off from Nice, the boy who was in the window seat beside his father, ordered a hot chocolate.

It was claimed the cabin crew member gave the boy the drink with a lid attached to the top of the cup as well as portions of milk.

The boy removed the lid to add milk and then replaced it but, as he took a sip of the drink, the liquid spilled onto his lap and in particular the upper right leg.

It was claimed he suffered immediate pain and was required to remove his clothes in the toilet to put water on his thigh and was also given first aid.

The pilot offered to find an alternative landing site but, as the aircraft was only an hour away from Dublin, it was decided by the boy’s family to wait until Dublin.

When the plane landed in Dublin, he was taken to hospital where it was noted he had sustained a partial thickness [deep dermal] scald but he later made a good recovery.

Aer Lingus had denied the claims and the settlement was without admission of liability.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved the settlement.
 

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It's important to note that it was a settlement and not an award. Aer Lingus can spend its money any way it wants.
I can only imagine the scenes on board the aircraft for it to consider rerouting.

On the downside, hot drinks may now be taken off the menu.
 

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It's important to note that it was a settlement and not an award. Aer Lingus can spend its money any way it wants.
I can only imagine the scenes on board the aircraft for it to consider rerouting.

On the downside, hot drinks may now be taken off the menu.
I wouldn't miss an end to hot drinks. 3 euros for a tea bag and water?
The problem is that EI charge for cold drinks.
The kind I like anyway.
Maybe with luck they'll spill a cold drink over me.
But it won't even be cold. Last time I flew them to US they were looking for seven dollars for a warm beer.

Delta gives you all the drink you want (just two in a seven-hour flight, in my case) for nothing.
And better food, lots of it.
And less arrogant flight attendants.
 

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Crazy money. It doesn't say that there was extreme turbulence at the time, and if there was you wouldn't take the lid off a hot drink. he was 12 years old - not a baby. An unpleasant incident but the crew did all they could and there's no long term damage, maybe a small mark? Why would Aer Lingus settle for 70k - they must have thought he'd get more in court, which on the facts doesn't seem likely.
 

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Crazy money. It doesn't say that there was extreme turbulence at the time, and if there was you wouldn't take the lid off a hot drink. he was 12 years old - not a baby. An unpleasant incident but the crew did all they could and there's no long term damage, maybe a small mark? Why would Aer Lingus settle for 70k - they must have thought he'd get more in court, which on the facts doesn't seem likely.

He sure would have got a big FAT ZERO if I were on the jury.
 

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Several years wages for a fucking spilt cup of chocolate. Makes a mockery of ordinary people's working lives.

"every rat for himself" opportunists like this ruin things for everybody else.
And such behaviour by a few people like this is always the perfect excuse for insurance companies to rack up their premiums for us all!

The loss of any shred of communal thinking in our societies and in our children's education, and the poor examples of selfish vapid celebrity "role models" on all these reality tv shows means that people only think of their own short term benefits these days.

The prospect of causing economic damage to one of our precious airborne lifelines to the mainland
and it's precariously balanced employees never enters the equation.

Of course no doubt nobody dared kick up much of a fuss in aer lingus over the inflated award
for fear of drawing the dreaded "wacist" epithet!
 

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Crazy money. It doesn't say that there was extreme turbulence at the time, and if there was you wouldn't take the lid off a hot drink. he was 12 years old - not a baby. An unpleasant incident but the crew did all they could and there's no long term damage, maybe a small mark? Why would Aer Lingus settle for 70k - they must have thought he'd get more in court, which on the facts doesn't seem likely.
Those drinks are now served in special cups that have lids that are difficult to remove.

Not sure if that was the case here but common sense dictates that in flight and when ordering a hot drink that where that drink ultimately ends up is entirely at your own risk.
 

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Several years wages for a fucking spilt cup of chocolate. Makes a mockery of ordinary people's working lives.

"every rat for himself" opportunists like this ruin things for everybody else.
And such behaviour by a few people like this is always the perfect excuse for insurance companies to rack up their premiums for us all!

The loss of any shred of communal thinking in our societies and in our children's education, and the poor examples of selfish vapid celebrity "role models" on all these reality tv shows means that people only think of their own short term benefits these days.

The prospect of causing economic damage to one of our precious airborne lifelines to the mainland
and it's precariously balanced employees never enters the equation.

Of course no doubt nobody dared kick up much of a fuss in aer lingus over the inflated award
for fear of drawing the dreaded "wacist" epithet!

"to the mainland ..."

Where's that?
 

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