Airline Sued Over Soda Dispute

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
May 3, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Airline sued over soda: Virgin American airlines was sued by a 52-year-old man because he pressed a call button for a soda, but the flight attendant stressed that he needed to order via a touch screen.

Salvatore Bevivino, the plaintiff, is seeking $500,000 in damages over the spat, reported ABC News.

“He just pointed to me, pointed to the screen and said, ‘Use the console, sir’,” he told ABC News. “I said, ‘I don’t want to turn this thing on.’ He said, ‘I don’t have time for your attitude’ and left.’”

Another flight attendant then told Bevivino he should use the touch-screen ordering system for the soda. Bevivino refused and said he would complain to the airliner. A third flight attendant then handed him a soda shortly after.

But later, when he got off the plane, police officers ordered him to follow them. He was then questioned by police and asked him if he knew why he was being detained. He replied that he didn’t.

The pilot on the plane then accused him of yelling obscenities at the flight crew, which Bevivino denied.

A police report alleges that Bevivino went to the bathroom and then “came back out with a smile on his face and [he] began using profanities. [Name redacted] passed by the restroom and saw that Bevivino left the door open and did not flush the toilet,” according to the broadcaster.

The police report also alleged he said that “my time is precious – you are here to serve me,” reported the San Francisco Chronicle. It also said that he maliciously left the toilet unflushed on the flight.

Bevivno, who is from Brisbane, Calif., filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.