Jan 28 - U.S. widower sues airlines for obese wife's [rip] abroad
|Jan 28 - U.S. widower sues airlines for obese wife's [rip] abroad|
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 [rip] 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##igned 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##ured 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 pa##engers 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 [rip] abroad | Reuters
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|01-28-2013, 09:48 PM||away - #2|
400 pounds with a severe kidney disease.....!!ing airlines
|01-29-2013, 08:41 AM||away - #3|
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 !! does she expect to be able to fly?
not the airlines job to a##ist a 400+lb individual into their seat, big a## 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 [rip] 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...
|01-29-2013, 12:15 PM||away - #4|
|01-29-2013, 12:33 PM||away - #5|
For once I'm with the airlines. I hope they don't have to pay a single dime.
|01-29-2013, 01:01 PM||away - #6|
"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....
|01-29-2013, 02:30 PM||away - #7|
I went to BurgerFi one day before closing...and they didn't have any more fresh cut fries...
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...
might I add that the first responders a##isted and STILL were not able to get the job done, what the hell was the crew supposed to if EMTs can't do it...
|01-29-2013, 03:27 PM||away - #8|
|01-29-2013, 03:32 PM||away - #9|
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
|01-29-2013, 05:10 PM||online - #10|
I think yall dudes is overlooking one important factor. That chick weighed over 400lbs...with only 1 !!ing leg?? HOLY !!
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