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 Jan 28 - U.S. widower sues airlines for obese wife's death abroad
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Jan 28 (Reuters) - A New York man whose wheelchair-bound, morbidly obese wife died last year after she was denied a spot on three different flights home from Europe sued the airlines on Monday for $6 million.

Vilma Soltesz, who at the time was reported to have weighed 425 pounds (193 kg), had an amputated leg and suffered from diabetes and kidney disease, news media said.

She was found dead at her vacation home in Hungary in October after several aircraft crews repeatedly failed to accommodate her size despite telling her they could do so, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan.

The lawsuit accused the three airlines of wrongful death and gross negligence.

The couple left their Bronx home in September on a Delta Air Lines plane, securing two seats for Vilma and one for her husband Janos, and arrived safely in Budapest on a vacation, according to the lawsuit.

By Oct. 2, Vilma Soltesz sought treatment at a hospital in Hungary when she fell ill, according to the lawsuit. She was released and told she could fly home but to see her doctor immediately upon her arrival, according to the lawsuit.

The pair tried to leave Budapest two weeks later on a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight, with accommodations similar to what they received on their flight from the United States, according to the suit. But a captain told them to disembark after Vilma Soltesz struggled to maneuver from her wheelchair into her a.ssigned seats, the lawsuit says.

After waiting in a Budapest airport for more than five hours, the couple drove to Prague to catch a Delta flight they were a.ssured could accommodate them. But Delta did not have an adequate wheelchair to transport Vilma Soltesz to her seat, the suit added.

"The Delta flight coordinator told Janos and Vilma that Delta 'did not have access to a skylift' to get Vilma onto the aircraft from the rear, and that there was nothing more Delta could do for them," the lawsuit stated.

Later, on Oct. 22, as several medics and firef!ghters helped her board a Lufthansa flight, the captain told the couple they had to disembark because "other passengers need to catch a connecting flight and cannot be delayed further," the lawsuit says.

"Exhausted and feeling ill," Vilma Soltesz went to bed after the couple drove back to their vacation home in Veszprem, Hungary, the lawsuit says. On Oct. 24, Janos found her dead, the lawsuit says.

A Delta Air Lines spokesman said the airline had not been served with the lawsuit. Officials with Royal Dutch Airlines and Lufthansa did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An attorney for Soltesz did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

U.S. widower sues airlines for obese wife's death abroad | Reuters
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400 pounds with a severe kidney disease.....fu*king airlines
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not the airlines fault she is morbidly obese and needs special accommodations...she couldn't get out of a wheelchair and into a seat, how the fu*k does she expect to be able to fly?

not the airlines job to a.ssist a 400+lb individual into their seat, big a.ss won't be falling on me...

i'm thinking the couple only mentioned she was obese...and didn't mention she can't walk and only has one leg...

her death was due to her obesity...her obesity caused her illness and her obesity prevented her from being able to receive treatment in a timely fashion...

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MysticKJ said:
not the airlines fault she is morbidly obese and needs special accommodations...she couldn't get out of a wheelchair and into a seat, how the fu*k does she expect to be able to fly?
She was obviously paying for them to take care of her. They have a 'Skylift' for situations like this at the airport. If you pay for them to do something they need to get that job done.

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not the airlines job to a.ssist a 400+lb individual into their seat, big a.ss won't be falling on me...
So when did people who worked in the hospitality and tourism industry not have to care about their customers? I think the care they show their customers is why they are still in business most the time...

MysticKJ said:
i'm thinking the couple only mentioned she was obese...and didn't mention she can't walk and only has one leg...

her death was due to her obesity...her obesity caused her illness and her obesity prevented her from being able to receive treatment in a timely fashion...

This is some stupid sh*t to say. We all will die because of something we did, her death just happened to be because she had no will power. I dont think grandstanding about her death makes you seem logical.
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For once I'm with the airlines. I hope they don't have to pay a single dime.
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"She was released and told she could fly home but to see her doctor immediately upon her arrival, according to the lawsuit."

"The pair tried to leave Budapest two weeks later on a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight"


Maybe they shouldnt have waited around for 2 weeks to try and leave....
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JohnDoe said:
She was obviously paying for them to take care of her. They have a 'Skylift' for situations like this at the airport. If you pay for them to do something they need to get that job done.
they didn't have access to the 'skylift', doesn't say they refused access to it...perhaps the 'skylift' was being used elsewhere...

I went to BurgerFi one day before closing...and they didn't have any more fresh cut fries...

JohnDoe said:
So when did people who worked in the hospitality and tourism industry not have to care about their customers? I think the care they show their customers is why they are still in business most the time...
you're ignoring a huge difference with this customer when you try to lump them all together...
Vilma Soltesz struggled to maneuver from her wheelchair into her a.ssigned seats, the lawsuit says.
doesn't sound like anyone helped, as it points out Vilma struggled (not the crew struggled) to get into the seat...if the crew were to help and she were to fall during the help session she would probably sue anyways...there may even be a protocol against flight attendants physically engaging in 'dangerous' situations to prevent lawsuits...

let me know how many flight attendants you've seen in your life that are physically able to help a 400+lb individual with one leg get into their seat...

JohnDoe said:
This is some stupid sh*t to say. We all will die because of something we did, her death just happened to be because she had no will power. I dont think grandstanding about her death makes you seem logical.
I didn't post that gif to seem logical, I posted that gif because she brought it on herself as you said and paid the consequence for it...as in don't seek monetary damages against the airline...and we don't all die because of something we did; some things are out of an individual's control...

as several medics and firef!ghters helped her board a Lufthansa flight, the captain told the couple they had to disembark because "other passengers need to catch a connecting flight and cannot be delayed further," the lawsuit says.
they delayed the plane so first responders can a.ssist her...you cannot allow other passengers to miss connecting flights for ONE person...

might I add that the first responders a.ssisted and STILL were not able to get the job done, what the hell was the crew supposed to if EMTs can't do it...
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MysticKJ said:
they didn't have access to the 'skylift', doesn't say they refused access to it...perhaps the 'skylift' was being used elsewhere...

I went to BurgerFi one day before closing...and they didn't have any more fresh cut fries...


you're ignoring a huge difference with this customer when you try to lump them all together...

doesn't sound like anyone helped, as it points out Vilma struggled (not the crew struggled) to get into the seat...if the crew were to help and she were to fall during the help session she would probably sue anyways...there may even be a protocol against flight attendants physically engaging in 'dangerous' situations to prevent lawsuits...

let me know how many flight attendants you've seen in your life that are physically able to help a 400+lb individual with one leg get into their seat...


I didn't post that gif to seem logical, I posted that gif because she brought it on herself as you said and paid the consequence for it...as in don't seek monetary damages against the airline...and we don't all die because of something we did; some things are out of an individual's control...


they delayed the plane so first responders can a.ssist her...you cannot allow other passengers to miss connecting flights for ONE person...

might I add that the first responders a.ssisted and STILL were not able to get the job done, what the hell was the crew supposed to if EMTs can't do it...
Agree to disagree....or we can blame Obama


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This reminds me of this article I read recently:

Shaming fat people into losing weight is the only way to solve obesity epidemic, leading health academic claims

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I think yall dudes is overlooking one important factor. That chick weighed over 400lbs...with only 1 fu*king leg?? HOLY sh*t
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