Thirsty Passenger Loses Legal Case Against Emirates Over Lack Of Water On-Board

A thirsty traveller has lost a legal case against Emirates airline, after claiming she collapsed on a long-haul flight as a result of being denied enough water.

Lina Di Falco, 54, sued the airline for damages in the Victorian Supreme Court, claiming the denial of adequate water caused her to faint and fall, hurting her ankle on the March 2015 flight from Melbourne to Dubai.

However, Justice Jacinta Forbes on Wednesday found no liability for damages. She asked the parties to make submissions on costs.

ina Di Falco leaves the Old High Court building in Melbourne
Lina Di Falco leaves the Old High Court building in Melbourne, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Photo: AAP.

Di Falco said she was given just one glass of water with her meal more than an hour after the plane took off, but that wasn't enough.

She claimed she had asked for water four times before getting up to go to the bathroom.

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She claimed she fainted and hurt her ankle on the way to the bathroom, after feeling dizzy and like she was going to vomit.

After collapsing, Di Falco said staff gave her a large water bottle for the remainder of the 14-hour flight.

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On her return to Australia, the mother was told her ankle was broken, underwent surgery and didn't go back to work for more than two months.

Her barrister Ron Meldrum QC previously said his client had always drunk "an awful lot of water", consuming one litre during the day before taking another litre to bed.

Barrister John Ribbands, who is representing Emirates, previously told the court there was a water fountain available for passengers' use, but Di Falco did not see it.