Woman, Rebecca Wanyoyi, wants Ksh213, 000 from airline after male flight attendant poured tea on her thigh


A middle-aged woman, Rebecca Mulongo Wanyonyi, has sued local airline, Jambojet, seeking Ksh213, 600 after a flight attendant “negligently” poured hot tea on her thigh, when she was aboard the plane on August 22, 2016.

Ms Wanyonyi claims she sustained serious burns, which forced her to seek medical attention. She now wants the court to compel Jambojet to give her Ksh200, 000 in special damages.

The complainant says she incurred a medical bill of Ksh10, 500, a medical report charge of Ksh3, 000 and Ksh100 for police abstract.

She also wants unspecified amount of money for “pain and suffering” she went through following the incident.

Ms Wanyonyi wants interest on damages be calculated and added on top of the compensation. She also wants a refund of the money she used in filing the lawsuit.

Ms Wanyonyi argues Jambojet should take responsibility for the mistakes committed by its workers in the line of duty.

She alleges that, without due care, a Jambojet staff poured hot tea on her right thigh, causing her second degree burns.

In her civil suit before a Nairobi commercial court, Rebecca says that on 22nd August, 2016 while she was lawfully aboard Jambojet headed to Mombasa’s Moi International Airport from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a male cabin crew attendant “negligently and without due care” poured a hot beverage on her right thigh, which caused her pain.

She hinges her case on the argument that the there was negligence on the airline’s side because it “failed to take due care for the wellbeing of its passengers”.

“The airline is vicariously liable for the actions of its employees,” said Rebecca.

She says despite raising the matter with Jambojet management, the airline “ignored me completely”.

“Despite issuing a demand and notice of intention to sue, the defendant has failed, refused and; or neglected to admit liability and compensate the plaintiff,” read the lawsuit documents.


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