Ginger McGuire Sues United For False Imprisonment
What do you call it when you fall asleep on a plane and no one wakes you up after it lands?
Ginger McGuire calls it false imprisonment. On behalf of McGuire, attorney Geoffrey Fieger is suing United Airlines for false imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress and negligence. Fieger is well known as a legal commentator and former attorney for Jack Kevorkian.
The strange story began when McGuire was allegedly left asleep on a United Express flight operated by Trans States Airlines for over three hours after it landed. McGuire fell asleep during her flight from Washington to Philadelphia. McGuire's plane landed just after midnight on Tuesday morning. She was discovered still sleeping by a cleaning crew at close to 4 a.m.
United spokeswoman Sarah Massier told the Detroit Free Press: "We are working closely with our partner Trans States Airlines to investigate the cause and remedy the situation with the customer."
So what is false imprisonment, and is McGuire likely to win in a lawsuit against United?
As we covered in a previous post, false imprisonment is the confinement of a person against their will, without legal authority. False imprisonment can be filed as civil or criminal claim, or as both.
In this situation, attorney Geoffrey Fieger may argue that despite the fact that she was asleep, McGuire was confined in the plane against her will and without legal authority. Fieger may contend that United Airlines had an obligation to make sure its passengers were removed from the plane safely. The case might seem like a stretch, but stranger lawsuits have been won.
- Headlines: Woman to sue over stay on plane (Detriot Free Press)
- Woman sues airline after 4-hour tarmac slumber (Detriot Free Press)
- Costco Hit With $50M Lawsuit: What is False Imprisonment? (FindLaw's Injured)
You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.