Stephen Keys, the actor from California, is suing American Airlines after his little finger got stuck in one of the armrests for over an hour.
Flying is a stressful task to have to undertake at the best of times. Even if you don't have a fear of flying, the whole ordeal of getting to the airport, going through security, boarding the plane, and the fuss at the other side when you land is enough to make you want to stay at home.
Once we are in the air, whether it be for two hours or for twelve, we often want to be able to take our mind off the stress we have just endured and the repeat process once we get off the aircraft. That's why something like a crying baby or a lot of turbulence can really throw us off, especially when there is literally no escape from it. Well, what about if you got your finger stuck in the armrest of your seat for half the flight?
That was exactly what happened to Californian actor Stephen Keys on an American Airlines flight recently, reports USA Today. You may recognize Keys from Soul Plane and Big Time Rush. While flying with American Airlines this past September, the actor managed to get his pinky finger trapped in a small hole while adjusting the armrest.
The ordeal went on for more than an hour as passengers, flight attendants, and even firefighters tried to free Mr. Keys' finger. An embarrassing and painful experience for anyone that is only magnified if you have a modicum of fame. That's why the actor has filed a lawsuit against the airline claiming "severe emotional distress and weeks of pain." Apparently, he was unable to drive or play with his children for weeks after the incident.
How much Keys is seeking in damages is currently unclear, but SkyWest, a company that represents American Airlines as well as other similar companies, has issued a statement. "We worked with our partner American to reach out to Mr. Keys regarding his bruised finger and look forward to swiftly resolving this matter," SkyWest told USA Today. Seems like a lot of fuss for a bruised finger, but we weren't there, so can't say exactly how big of a deal the event was.