Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How much is a near death experience worth to you?

Is $5,000 enough if you end up with some minor bruises and a brief swim instead of a death spiral into central Manhattan? Some of the passengers on the US Airways jet that made an unscheduled landing in the Hudson River are not satisfied with $5,000 and are asking for more.

Many US Airways (LCC) passengers who endured a crash landing in the Hudson River 12 days ago say they appreciate the $5,000 that the airline has offered — but some say it's not enough.

Joe Hart, a salesman from Charlotte who suffered a bloody nose and bruises, says he "would like to be made whole for the incident."

It's too soon after the accident to determine what emotional distress he has suffered, he says.

Just imagine if the plane had ended up as a giant fireball. Making Joe Hart "whole" might have been a bit more difficult.

Ht: Dr. Melissa Cloutier