407 Pounds of Irresponsibility

I just read this article on yahoo news:

The death of a 407-pound woman after being denied boarding on three flights was “preventable,” according to an attorney for the woman’s husband, who plans to pursue legal action against three airlines.

Vilma Soltesz, 56, died of kidney failure on Oct. 24 in Hungary, where she and her husband, Janos Soltesz, took an annual vacation to a home they owned in their native country, said Soltesz’ attorney, Holly Ostrov-Ronai.

Soltesz, who had health problems, had been trying to get back to the United States, where she could see her doctors, Ostrov-Ronai said.

The couple flew from New York City to Budapest by way of Amsterdam on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Soltesz, who had one leg, got on the flight with the help of an airlift, and used a seatbelt extender when seated, Ostrov-Ronai said, adding that the couple had “no issues at all.”

“KLM asked them when they would be flying home so that they could make proper arrangements,” Ostrov-Ronai wrote in an email to ABCNews.com.

When the couple went to the airport on Oct. 15 to board a KLM night flight home to New York, they were able to board. However, Ostrov-Ronai said the captain asked Vilma Soltesz to disembark because she could not be secured in her seat due to an issue with a seat back.

“There was simply no legitimate reason in this instance for denying her boarding or forcing her to disembark,” Ostrov-Ronai said. “Their failure to make simple accommodations, that had been made prior, led to Vilma’s death. This is not best efforts in any regard.”

In a statement, KLM said “every effort” was made to help Soltesz.

The couple waited at the airport for five hours while the airline made calls to find an alternative to accommodate Vilma Soltesz.

They were advised to drive to Prague, where they could catch a “bigger plane” operated by Delta Airlines. When they arrived, Ostrov-Ronai said, the couple was told that Delta only had a plastic wheelchair that could not handle Vilma’s weight and that there was no sky lift available to get her onto the plane.

All is not lost, however, as the comments section is abound with people who speak out against this idiocy.

I believe that there may be hope yet. Little by little, the mainstream is being affected by the manosphere.

~Wald

 

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