Family questions hot liquid on planes
A Thomas Cook Canary holiday flight had to make an emergency landing in Portugal after a nine-year-old girl suffered second degree burns when scalded by hot tea.
The family of the injured youngster, named by the Belgian press as the daughter of a local mayor, are reportedly not taking legal action but have questioned the use of hot water during flights.
The little girl and her parents had been on holiday in the Canary Islands when she was scalded on her legs and abdomen by boiling tea during their flight home.
The plane had taken off from Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and was heading for Brussels but diverted to Faro as a result of the incident on April 12th.
The nine-year-old was with her parents, sibling and grandparents.
On touching down in Faro, the girl was taken to hospital and the plane continued its journey after being on the ground for 80 minutes, with a total delay of 100 minutes.
The injured girl is now back at home and recovering well. Her family told the Belgian media she had suffered a lot of pain at the time and is still receiving treatment but is not expected to be scarred.
They said the Thomas Cook stewards were very helpful and used bottles of water to pour over the girl’s burns.
However, as there were two hours of the flight left, it was decided to divert to Portugal.
The family has questioned the use of hot liquids on planes, which are “unstable and have very lmited space”, commenting: “To hit a nail in the wall you now need a helmet and goggles.”
Airline sources say the hot water used on planes for tea and coffee is never boiling but served at a reduced temperature.