Delta Airlines Sued Stray Needle in Seat Pocket Forced Me to Get HIV Testing

6/13/2017 12:30 AM PDT

Delta Airlines Sued for Needle Prick That Forced Passenger to Get HIV Testing

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Delta Airlines missed a needle that was left in a seat pocket, and an unsuspecting guest got stuck by it -- leading to a year of HIV testing ... according to a lawsuit.

In docs, Gabriel Ybarra says he was flying from LAX to Atlanta in 2015 when he reached into a seat pocket to grab his wallet, and got stabbed by the needle. He says he had to pull the needle out of his right middle finger, which started "bleeding profusely."

Ybarra says "his life flashed in front of him." When he went to a doctor he says he had to undergo a battery of tests, and take powerful meds to ensure he didn't contract anything, especially HIV.

According to the suit, obtained by TMZ, he says the meds caused months of dizziness, headaches, body aches and "explosive diarrhea." He also says he couldn't perform "his duties as a husband to his wife for months." 

Ybarra and his wife filed the suit. A Delta spokesman wouldn't comment specifically about the lawsuit, but said it's "dismayed by what this customer describes in the suit. The safety and security of our customers and employees is always Delta’s top priority."