On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Defective Products on Saturday, July 21, 2012
Consumers understand that some products are dangerous. Chainsaws have warnings that unsafe use can cause injury. Products that use gas to run include caution signs that the liquid is flammable. Chemicals say “keep away from children. Typically sandwiches are not seen as being a dangerous product, but Delta Airlines passengers who were fed needle sandwiches may beg to differ.
Imagine biting into a sandwich. You can see the beautiful bread, and you can taste the butter that the inside was laced with. You bite down through the layers of turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and inch-long needles? Four passengers aboard the airlines bit into the sharp sandwiches this past Sunday evening on three transatlantic flights.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration notified other carriers of the possibility of tainted food, but thus far only the four sandwiches in the initial report appear to be the only ones affected. Investigators say that the sandwiches were provided by the company Gate Gourmet and originated from one of their Dutch food preparation facilities.
Investigators do not suspect that the incident was an act of terrorism, but they believe that it was more likely an act of an upset employee or a prank.
For the man who had one of the needles spear the roof of his mouth, he most likely did not find the incident humorous. “I’ll be very honest,” he said, “the first bite, I thought, ‘Boy, this is pretty good. It was the second bite that got me.” After the flight landed, he was forced to begin anti-HIV drugs in case the needles were contaminated.
In situations like this one, an injury may not be immediately detected. It may take months for symptoms of a disease to present themselves, yet the victim may be forced to fight them for years at a high personal and financial cost.
Source: The Star Tribune, “Delta needle inquiry focuses on food prep,” Jim Spencer, July 18, 2012