Two years ago to the day, Delvonte Tisdale dropped into a Boston suburban neighborhood...literally. The sixteen year old teen, a runaway, had apparently hid inside the wheel well of a Baltimore-bound jet prior to it's take-off from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In retrospect, that probably wasn't a very good idea. Either due to the cold temperatures and lack of oxygen at 30,000 feet or the crushing action of the landing gear as it folded up into the well, young Delvonte failed to survive this trip and fell from the aircraft as it lowered it's gear prior to landing in Boston, dropping several thousand feet and landing on a street below. Darwin shoots, Darwin scores.
Well now Delvonte's father has decided that he should be rich. He's filed a lawsuit naming the airport, the airline (United Airways) and the city of Charlotte itself, arguing that they all owed him a duty to keep his son out of that aircraft's wheel well.
Sorry, no sympathy here. The cost of being stupid can be prohibitively high sometimes, but that doesn't mean that those left behind by the fatally stupid are supposed to get paid enough cash to live a life of luxury forevermore. In a fair and just world, this kid's father would be paying to clean the street and apologizing to the airline for any inconvenience caused by his failure to keep control of his own kid in the first place. I mean, if you're going to blame an airport for the kid's presence on an aircraft, how about putting the blame on the parent who let the kid out of his sight in the first place?