Los Angeles: Against two US airlines, a California man has filed a lawsuit after his pinky finger got stuck in his first-class seat armrest, forcing firefighters and a mechanic to intervene to free the finger.

An actor, Stephen Keys who has starred in “ Soul Plane” and “ Big Time Rush” claims in his suit-filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against American Airlines Inc. and SkyWest Airlines Inc.– that he suffered severe emotional distress and weeks of pain after  the September 9 incident on board a flight from Reno, Nevada to Los Angeles.

As per the suit, the mishap took place after he raised his armrest to reach for his seatbelt and his pinky finger got stuck in a small hole under the armrest.

Further, the suit alleges that “ the spring mechanism embedded inside of this hole in the armrest applied intense pressure to plaintiff’s finger, immediately inflicting injury, swelling, and pain”

Repeatedly, Keys tried to free his pinky fingers as passengers looked on, “ Causing his dire situation to become a humiliating public spectacle”

Keys claims he suffered for nearly an hour as flight personnel and firefighters tried to dislodge the finger.

Then, an airline mechanic finally disassembled the armrest and freed the pinky.

However, the suit that since the mishap, Keys has been unable to carry out routine tasks, including playing with his children.

American Airlines referred questions on the case to SkyWest, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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