By Andrea Romano
Updated: December 13, 2018
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Here’s your casual reminder to watch your fingers when you’re flying.

Actor Stephen Keys, known for his roles in "Soul Plane," Big Time Rush and "Fifty Pills" is currently suing American Airlines and SkyWest over an injured pinky finger, according to USA Today.

According to Key’s lawsuit, he injured his pinky finger after attempting to raise an armrest to reach his seatbelt on a flight back in September. His finger was stuck in the armrest for almost an hour, according to Fox News.

“The spring mechanism embedded inside of this hole in the armrest applied intense pressure to plaintiff's finger, immediately inflicting injury, swelling and pain,” it says in the suit.

His suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Dec. 5, claims that Keys suffered subsequent “severe emotional distress and weeks of pain,” NBC Los Angeles reported. Keys says he is unable to drive his car or even play with his children due to the pain of his injury.

In addition to the pain and anxiety of having his finger caught, Keys also claims he was humiliated when other passengers became aware of his predicament, causing a “spectacle.” Flight attendants and firefighters attempted to help Keys to no avail. An airline mechanic was able to free Keys by disassembling the arm rest, according to NBC San Diego.

“By the end of it all, he remained entrapped in this nightmarish condition,” it says in the suit.

“The comfort and safety of our passengers is our first priority. We worked with our partner American to reach out to Mr. Keys regarding his bruised finger and look forward to swiftly resolving this matter. Due to the ongoing litigation, we cannot comment further,” said SkyWest in a statement.

At the moment, it is unclear what amount of compensation for damages Keys is asking for in the suit.

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