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Flight 1549 passengers testing lawsuit waters. (pause) No, really.

(Via Rachel Lucas, via AoSHQ) Because apparently resetting to zero their karma counter wasn’t exciting enough:

US Airways passengers get $5,000 each; is it enough?

Many US Airways (LCC) passengers who endured a crash landing in the Hudson River 12 days ago say they appreciate the $5,000 that the airline has offered — but some say it’s not enough.

Joe Hart, a salesman from Charlotte who suffered a bloody nose and bruises, says he “would like to be made whole for the incident.”

It’s too soon after the accident to determine what emotional distress he has suffered, he says.

…time to generate some negative karmic juice by going after the company who pretty much saved their lives. Smooth move, that.


“Emotional distress” is the relevant code phrase: it means “Hi. I plan to be a jerk now” (I’d actually use a harsher word, but I’m trying to be good). Couple that with the fact that the five grand’s just to handle immediate problems that any passengers might have had after surviving an accident where no human was at fault and several humans managed to do everything right at precisely the correct moments – which is another way of saying that the airline’s not being jerks – I think that we can safely assume a certain motive here. Personally, I blame “beautiful snowflake” syndrome: one of the side-effects of constant self-esteem reinforcement (which is something that our culture prides itself in doing, usually at levels that would have made an Egyptian Pharaoh blink) is that it encourages the notion that everything bad that happens to you is of course an absolute, deliberate outrage. Which someone must pay for, also of course.

If this depresses you, look on the bright side: most of the people quoted have worked out that, yeah, they should be dead right now; and that they’ve got better things to do than blame the airline for being attacked by a flock of geese. But there’s always at least one schmuck in the crowd, isn’t there?

Crossposted at Moe Lane.

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