HOUSTON A Harris County woman is seeking $170,000 in a lawsuit filed against United Airlines because a hot cup of coffee spilled on her lap, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The incident happened in August of 2011 on a Continental Airlines flight from Madrid to Houston.

Lourdes Cervantes said the flight attendant put a cup of hot coffee on her tray table and at the same time, the guy sitting in front of her leaned his seat back.

Cervantes said she suffered second-degree burns and is seeking the money from United Continental Holdings Inc for physical and emotional injuries.

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