‘How I Met Your Mother’ actor sues American Airlines after his PINKY finger got stuck in an armrest during flight and left him feeling ‘humiliated and pained’
- Stephen Keys got his pinky finger stuck in the hole of an armrest during a SkyWest flight in September
- In a lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles, Keys claims the flight experience turned into a nightmare when he attempted to put the armrest up
- He pinky finger became lodged in the hole, and he was unable to get it out for the remainder of the flight
- Airline employees were unable to resolve the issue, and eventually, a mechanic had to disassemble the armrest
- The actor insisted he was left feeling humiliated and physically pained for weeks
An actor is suing American Airlines and its regional SkyWest after his pinky finger became lodged in the hole of armrest during a flight, resulting in humiliation and weeks of physical pain.
Stephen Keys, who has appeared in films ‘Soul Plane’ and ‘Remarkable Power’ as well as TV shows ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Ugly Betty,’ said the incident happened during a September flight from Reno, Nevada to Los Angeles, California.
In the suit filed last Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Keys claims the airline experience turned into a nightmare when he attempted to put the armrest of his seat up.
Stephen Keys, seen right in an episode of ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ is suing American Airlines and its regional SkyWest
Keys, seen during a scene in ‘Ugly Betty,’ claims he was left humiliated and physically pained after his pinky finger became lodged in an armrest hole during a September flight
His pinky finger became stuck in a small hole and he was unable to remove it. He claims he suffered injuries and extreme embarrassment as fellow passengers watched him during the struggle.
The suit states: ‘The spring mechanism embedded inside of this hole in the armrest applied intense pressure to plaintiff’s finger, immediately inflicting injury, swelling and pain.
‘Dozens of passengers became aware of Mr. Keys’ perilous condition, causing his dire situation to become a humiliating public spectacle.
His finger was allegedly jammed in the gap for the remainder of the flight.
Keys claims his finger was jammed in the gap for the remainder of the flight. A Skywest mechanic was forced to disassemble the armrest
‘By the end of it all, he remained entrapped in this nightmarish condition, suffering for nearly an hour,’ the suit further said.
Airline employees were unable to resolve the issue. A Skywest mechanic ultimately was forced to disassemble the armrest.
A representative for SkyWest released a statement on the matter Tuesday afternoon.
‘The comfort and safety of our passengers is our first priority,’ the statement said.
‘We worked with our partner American to reach out to Mr. Keys regarding his bruised finger and look forward to swiftly resolving this matter… due to the ongoing litigation, we cannot comment further.’
SkyWest, a regional airline that has a contract under American Airlines, said in a statement ‘the comfort and safety of our passengers is our first priority.’