A 63-YEAR-old man, whose nose was broken by a closing electronic door at Dublin Airport, has been awarded €19,000 damages against Aer Lingus.
Barrister Gerard Groarke told the Circuit Civil Court yesterday that Thomas Smyth and his wife, Evelyn, were on their way to a holiday in Tenerife when the incident occurred at Gate 106 at Terminal 1 in January 2011.
Instead of boarding the plane for a flight to the sun, Mr Smyth, accompanied by his wife, was taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital where an X-ray revealed his nose had been broken. They were able to resume their holiday two days later but the court was told the holiday was spoiled.
The court heard the electronic door at Gate 106 was opened by an Aer Lingus flight attendant and “timed” to close after exactly 30 minutes but, sometimes, boarding took up to 40 minutes.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane, making an order for the agreed damages against the airline, said there had been no defect found in the door.
“If Aer Lingus had felt at any stage that the 30-minute electronic time gap for boarding purposes was insufficient they should have asked the airport authority to extend it,” the judge said.