Woman sues Southwest Airlines for $800,000 over hot tea

Passenger says she was severely burned on a flight last year

It’s been almost a decade since 79-year-old Stella Liebeck sued McDonald’s, claiming its hot coffee scalded her legs, but the lawsuits (and satires) haven’t let up since then.

Most recently, a Southwest Airlines passenger sued the airline after she experienced an incident similar to Liebeck’s. On a Dec. 28, 2011, flight from Nashville to Houston, Angelica Keller ordered hot tea. Keller, who was sitting in the first row of the plane and had no tray available, said the flight attendant handed her a cup of “extremely hot water” placed on top of a separate cup containing the tea bag and condiments.


Cathleen Flahardy

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