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Widower Sues Airlines After Wife Dies Overseas

Delta Airlines Sued

A man whose obese wife was denied several flights to the United States has sued the airlines that wouldn’t let her come home.

The husband said his 425 pound wife was turned away from three flights when she attempted to return home from her vacation home in Hungary. According to Reuters, the overweight woman suffered from kidney disease and diabetes. An amputated leg reportedly kept her bound to a wheelchair.

The widower explained that three airlines refused to board the woman, which effectively prevented her from returning to the United States. The couple began vacationing in Budapest in September. However, the pair decided to return to New York after the wife suddenly fell ill.

Although Royal Dutch Airlines originally allowed the couple to board the flight, the captain decided to kick them off after Vilma’s wife had difficulty getting from the wheelchair to her seat.

The Examiner reports that the couple waited around for about five hours before driving to Prague. While Delta Airlines flew the couple from the United States to their vacation home in Hungary, the company could not accommodate the overweight woman since they didn’t have a wheelchair available to transport the wife to her seat.

The lawsuit explained:

“The Delta flight coordinator told Janos and Vilma Soltesz 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.”

After being removed from a Lufthansa flight, the couple decided to return to their vacation home. Unfortunately, the woman passed away on October 24.

As a result, the widower has decided to sue Delta Airlines, Lufthansa, and Royal Dutch Airlines. The grieving husband is seeking $6 million in damages in the lawsuit. A spokesperson for Delta Airlines said the company has yet to be served with paperwork.

What do you think about the widower who is suing three airlines over the death of his wife?

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12 Responses to “Widower Sues Airlines After Wife Dies Overseas”

  1. Dolly Concepcion

    What this doesnt say is she went to hospital there and they realeased her to fly home as long as she saw a doctor immediately. they didnt decide to leave till two weeks later!!! and she died 2 days after the whole incident!! you telling me she was sooo ill but they didnt take hee to doctor in rhat whole time. its their own fault. she shouldve gone straight from jospital to airport. And if they couldnt gey a fligjt she should have gone back to hospital. now he wants to make money from their stupidity

  2. Rickie Honn

    I would have sued them for a lot more—they could have put her in a large up front and not been inconvenienced—very poor example of a airline—i never fly delta anymore ( 20 years ) as they have always been hard to deal with-they think their S don't stink.

  3. Rickie Honn

    NOT the point—they wouldnt ALLOW her on the plane??????????????

  4. Ron Butler

    The Solteszes did not 'decide to return to NY after the wife suddenly fell ill.' They went to Hungary on 17 Sept. despite Vilma's severe kidney disease and diabetes (which had already cost her a leg). Her health went downhill there so that she saw a Hungarian doctor on 2 Oct. The doctor told her she was still OK to fly but should immediately see her own doctor in NY. Instead, the Solteszes waited 2 more weeks before trying to fly KLM back to the U.S. By that time, her health had deteriorated so badly that she could not be boarded through the forward passenger door or fit in two seats (as on the trip over). She had to be loaded through the aft door and then the crew found she could not fit into THREE seats. At 425 lb., the crew had concerns that the seats could hold her, structurally. Later that day, they tried to board a larger Delta plane in Prague, but again physically could not be boarded. Rather than putting Vilma in a hospital, they waited a further two weeks before trying to fly Lufthansa back to NY. Despite the airline's best efforts, including help from the local fire department, she could not be strapped into the seats. Instead of finally putting her into a hospital, the Soleszes went back to their house. That was on 22 Oct. On 24 Oct., she died. And this is the airlines' fault?

  5. Dolly Concepcion

    oh found out she died 9 days later. the point is that it was their responsibility to take care of their own health. Yeah the airlines shouldve allowed her on plane. bit ultimately they not responsible for her not going to doctors for 2 weeks before the flight when they are told by doctor to go back home and see theirdoctor immediately. and if she left the airport feeling ill it was their resposibility to go to hospital and make sure shes okay. especially knowing the doctors said she needed more care and needed to see her doctors immediately. but no, they dont take her at all to doctors despite their advice and 9 days later she died. it was their chosing not to listen to doctor that iltimayely killed her