Disabled Man Crawls Off Plane Because It Was Allegedly the Only Option

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A man is suing Delta Airlines because he claims he had no other option than to crawl off a plane, then down the stairs of the plane to the tarmac, and then over to his waiting wheel chair. Wait! What?

Can you imagine how humiliating that must have been? Baraka Kanaan was flying from Hawaii to Nantucket, Massachusetts to attend a conference and thought he had covered all his bases. He had done his due diligence, making sure to call the airline weeks before his flight to confirm that his disability could be accommodated. And by the way -- he isn't required to call -- he just did to double check! He was told there wouldn't be any problems. But when his first flight got cancelled because of weather -- he rescheduled for the next day. Things went south pretty quick.

Kanaan had been in a car accident in 2000 that left him partially paralyzed. And so he needs a wheelchair to get around. He claims, in his recently filed lawsuit, that not only did he receive no help from the crew but that, unbelievably, he had to do the same thing on the way home!

The official complaint states:

...two days later, Mr. Kanaan's return flight, Flight 4245, was again delayed by defendants, and, when boarding formally began, he was again informed that the necessary safety equipment, an aisle chair and a lift, were unavailable, but that they 'could provide a piece of cardboard to put down so that his clothes wouldn't get dirty...

How nice of them to offer some cardboard so he wouldn't dirty his clothes as he crawled through the aisle. I mean, really, that was the least very least they could do.

What on earth?

Does this surprise you?


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B1Bomber B1Bomber

I think there is more to the story. I seriously doubt that not a single flight attendant, crew member, or passenger offered to help and that they all just watched him crawl up and down the stairs, aisle, and across the tarmac on two separate occasions.

nonmember avatar jasdf

Yeah, something is missing here. My instincts tell me that this guy was looking for a law suit...

SaphireH SaphireH

Unless someone brought his chair to him which im shocked no one did, the article i read which i cant find at the moment said no one helped for fear of being sued in case he got injured

Selmada Selmada

The attendants may have feared a lawsuit should he be injured. I suspec they were not properly trained for this situation. That is not his fault. 

The picture of him in a bed, instead of in his chair was for sure a sympathy ploy. He did not end up in the hospital as a result of this.  That said, if things happened as said, and I'm sure there were more than enough people on the flight to provide accurate witness statements one way or the other, then he deservse compensation. 

This is up to the courts to decide. Once they get the unbiased witness testimony, the truth either for or against him will come up. 

Teal Chastain Blacksten

Selmada-I was thinking the exact same thing about the airline's potential liability. I heard that flight attendants aren't even allowed to help passengers put their luggage in the overhead bins because of fear of liability. This sounds like a similar situation. In a lot of these cases, the attendants/employees, etc., are under strict instructions to not touch the customer. That doesn't make it right, but there you have it. :(


@Saphire:The story was on the Dalily Mail.

TuReina TuReina

If this is how it went down, it's unconscionable.

Cheri Hicks

nope not more to this story, I saw it on hln, the story is as the story reads, and its bs, its been all over the major news, at least here in mass it has

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