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An American Airlines passenger is suing after a 14-hour flight between two obese fliers


An Australian passenger is suing American airlines after being stuck between two obese fliers on a 14-hour flight from Sydney to Los Angeles, NBC News reported.

Michael Anthony Taylor, 67, told Sydney's Daily Telegraph that during the flight, he spent the majority of his time "crouching, kneeling, bracing or standing." He said the experience worsened his scoliosis, injured his back and caused bruising on his neck.

Taylor said that airline employees wouldn't let him change seats. 

"I don't hold any malice towards the people in the seats next to me they'd paid for a ticket too," Taylor said to the Telegraph. "The airline could have put me in a crew seat or moved people around, but they did nothing."

When NBC asked for a comment from American, Ross Feinstein told them that American had just received the lawsuit and would be reviewing the allegations. 

The flight in question took place on Dec. 28, 2015. Taylor filed his lawsuit in an Australian court.

American announced last week that it was decreasing legroom on some of its economy seats by two inches.

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