By Tony Blais, Edmonton Sun

EDMONTON – An Edmonton woman has launched a $206,000 lawsuit against Air Canada because she claims she suffered second-degree burns from a spilled cup of scalding hot water.

According to the statement of claim, Rema Halabi was seated on a flight from Calgary to San Francisco on Nov. 5, 2010, when the flight attendants began to serve refreshments.

Halabi alleges one of the flight attendants placed a cup of scalding hot water to make tea on the tray before her.

A passenger seated in front of Halabi then leaned back and jarred the tray, spilling the cup of scalding hot water onto Halabi’s pubic area, the inside of her thighs and down to her knees, the statement of claim says.

Halabi alleges she suffered serious and permanent injuries, including second-degree burns, blistering and scarring, and lack of sensation, and has had difficulty forming intimate relationships.

The 35-year-old massage therapist also claims she suffered severe post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, anxiety, panic attacks and bouts of anger. She says all this has limited her ability to earn a living.

The statement of claim alleges the flight attendant was negligent for serving passengers scalding hot water, failing to ensure that the water was not of a dangerously high temperature and failing to put a lid on the cup.

It alleges Air Canada was negligent for failing to ensure she would be safe on her flight, failing to retain reasonably competent employees and failing to take reasonable steps to train its employees.

A statement of defence has not yet been filed.

None of Halabi’s allegations have been proven in court.

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