A lawsuit has been filed in the Superior Court of Connecticut against Delta Air Lines by the mayor of Bridgeport alleging that he was bitten by another passenger’s “vicious” dog leaving him with permanent scarring and disfigurement to his lower leg. The incident allegedly occurred in November 2018, only a short time after the Atlanta-based Delta had issued new rules on emotional support animals because of a marked increase in bad behavior by animals in the passenger cabin.
Joe Ganim claims the dog launched an unprovoked attack upon him shortly after he had taken his seat on Delta flight DL1814 on November 10, 2018. He claims Delta is legally responsible for the resulting injury because it was negligent and careless in failing to safeguard passengers from the dog that allegedly had a propensity to be “vicious, bite and unstable”.
In reply to the initial complaint, lawyers acting on behalf of Delta deny any breach of duty or negligence on their part. They also claim the required paperwork had been submitted by the dog’s owner which proved it was in compliance with recent changes to its Emotional Support Animal (ESA) policy.