"I feel angry at Royal Caribbean because it is clear that these windows never should have been allowed to have been opened in the first place," Anello continued. "You can't go into a single hotel or building anywhere in the United States where windows this high up would be allowed to be opened more than a few inches. Yet on this cruise ship, Royal Caribbean allowed this window to be opened by anyone, at any time, right next to a kid's water park." The above is part of SA's statement after receiving his sentence. Extremely misleading. There are many reasons why modern hotel windows do not open that have nothing to do with preventing kids from falling out of them. But yes, limiting the liability of the hotel should some fool fall out the window, or throw something out the window and harm someone else is among them. But deck 11 of Freddom of the Seas is not a hotel room. It is largely an open air sun deck. SA might be really horrified if he went one deck higher up to deck 12 and saw that there is simply a 4 foot tall railing with no glass preventing anyone from dropping something, or someone, overboard. I wonder if the Wiegand's had a balcony room on the ship? Because if so they would have had a hotel room with an operable window! How can this be allowed? What's to keep people from dumping children over the 4 foot balcony railing? ( Full disclosure: when we cruised with our small children we never booked a balcony room out of an abundancy of caution. We also accompanied them into the water any time they went into the pool.) The facts here are clear. SA lifted CW up more than 4 feet above the safety of the ships deck, swung her body over the wood and metal safety railing which is meant to keep people a safe distance away from the windows, and recklessly held her in front of an open window before losing his grip on her. The judge was correct to rule that RCCL had no expectation to foresee such a reckless and irresponsible act and therefore has no liability. Now, since this tragedy has occurred and RCCL is now on notice that such stupidity exists, should they take a remedial step like placing stickers which say "operable window - window may be open" on the sills below the operable windows like the one CW fell through? I'd say yes, they should.