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(Newsday)   Limbless woman sues airline. Legal experts say she doesn't have a leg to stand on   ( divider line
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2004-08-13 08:56:56 PM  
Horrible headline. In a good way, of course.
2004-08-13 09:12:06 PM  
To be honest, this is one of those situations where a lawsuit is a GOOD thing. While she may not be able to stow her own luggage, 9 times out of 10 the flight attendants are more than accomodating for people with disabilities? It certainly couldn't have been that big of a deal for them to assign a steward to assist her onto the plain, and another one off the plane. Its not like they had to get somebody to chew her food for her.

That having been said, yes, I agree with airlines that charge obese people for two tickets. If you use the space, you gotta pay for it.
2004-08-13 09:15:51 PM  
I guess she wouldn't have to worry about the jackass in front of her leaning back into her leg room.

/first class please, need the leg room
2004-08-13 09:20:02 PM  
I'm pretty cool with this lawsuit, I think. Shouldn't have to happen, but at least it's not totally frivolous.
2004-08-13 09:25:18 PM  
They were probably alarmed about what the stewardesses...ahem, "flight attendants" would have to do when the inevitable call to nature came during the transatlantic flight.

/now scrubbing brain furiously with a wire brush
2004-08-13 10:13:37 PM  
Ok seriously....her mental anguish came from this particular bad experience. I would think that the mental anguish would come from spending 42 years of my life with no arms and no legs. At that point don't you think you would have heard it all before??
2004-08-13 11:10:22 PM  
Her husband wrote his will on his c**k, but
the judge said it would not stand up in court.

/Thank you. Tip your waitress.
2004-08-14 12:00:23 AM  
At my university, I saw a woman with no arms or legs riding a motorized wheelchair that she managed to control somehow. On top of that, she was talking on a cell phone that she had couched between her head and her left shoulder.

/not kidding
2004-08-14 12:01:25 AM  
"Armed, or Unarmed"?

From Airplane II?
2004-08-14 12:02:33 AM  
Did they give her the cold shoulder?
2004-08-14 12:03:44 AM  
Give that woman a hand!

/or two
2004-08-14 12:03:44 AM  
Should've just stashed her in the overhead bin

//aisle, please
2004-08-14 12:05:41 AM  
Being rude to weirdos is just something you can't do, don't do, and will never be able to do, no matter how funny it might be. For someone who deals with people all the time, frankly I'm shocked.

But if you're gonna be rude, go all out tell her she doesn't fit in the upright compartment.
2004-08-14 12:06:31 AM  
Does she leave snail tracks wherever she goes?

/ one ticket, economy style ...
2004-08-14 12:11:17 AM  
"a head, one bottom and a torso cannot possibly fly on its own."

Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to offend anybody. All I meant is that she would need wings, like a hang glider or something. Because, you know, a human can't fly on its own, after all, with or without arms and legs.

Everything good? Good!
2004-08-14 12:11:37 AM  
Wonder if she was wearing a USMC uniform at the time?

*sorry...have problems with letting go*
2004-08-14 12:11:48 AM  
Too bad some of the more crass farkers couldn't have the seat next to her. The conversation might go:

1."What do you call a guy with no arms or legs at your front door?"

2. "What do you call a guy with no arms or legs in a lake?"

3. "What do you call a guy with no arms or legs in a bush?"

//matt, bob, rustle

//you can have this ticket...already got mine.
2004-08-14 12:12:18 AM  
it got a chuckle out of me, though i was half hearted expecting "Lawyer expects to charge an arm, leg and half a stump."
2004-08-14 12:12:36 AM  
A little off topic, but since it was brought up:

As a fat dude, let me just say how pissed off I am at all the assholes who whine about their rights when it comes to being charged for extra space.

When you buy groceries, do you expect the grocery store to accomodate you so that you can buy twice the food for the price of a non-obese person's grocery bill?

Forget the imposition on other passengers for a moment - why would a fat person want to fly, cramped into a tiny seat that most average sized people can't even jam into?

I don't fit into a coach seat. Big farking deal. So you know what I do? I buy a first class ticket so that I can ride in comfort and without upsetting anyone else. It isn't rocket science.

Grow the fark up and stop wanting something for nothing.

(And anyone who compares their fat ass to this woman's situation needs to be Soylent Greened.)
2004-08-14 12:13:39 AM  
What a basket case!

/one ticket please.
2004-08-14 12:15:20 AM  
And the award for the headline that I am most ashamed at laughing at goes to....

/seriously, I feel guilty.
2004-08-14 12:16:25 AM  

Don't forget...

What do you call a guy with no arms or legs hanging on a wall?

2004-08-14 12:18:57 AM  
from 3rd grade
what do you call a gym student with no arms or legs?
first base.
2004-08-14 12:20:13 AM  
This happened in England, to an English person, on a French airline.... why is she suing in a US court?
2004-08-14 12:21:15 AM  
What about the guy with no arms and no legs sitting in the bathroom?

2004-08-14 12:21:20 AM  
2004-08-14 12:20:13 AM frot
This happened in England, to an English person, on a French airline.... why is she suing in a US court?

Because sympathy cases are slam-dunks in this country.
2004-08-14 12:22:26 AM  
I just flew in from England. And boy are my stumps tired.
2004-08-14 12:24:07 AM  
"what do you call a man with no arms and no legs on your grill?"

the first link that came up on the farkle search
2004-08-14 12:25:45 AM  
I'm tired of disabled people whining about everything. You're a cripple, it's not our fault, and we shouldn't have to feel sympathy for you. Stupid lawsuit from a woman who shouldn't have been flying without an escort in the first place.
2004-08-14 12:27:28 AM  
OK, I would like to make two points here.

1) An insult does not warrant a lawsuit.
2) An insult from four years ago does not warrant a lawsuit.
2004-08-14 12:28:18 AM  
It took Price four years to finally file the lawsuit because she initially tried to represent herself and found it to be too difficult, said her spokeswoman, Jessica Frankston........

well a person who chooses to represent themself in court, has a fool for a client...

/unfortunately, i will be requiring a first class ticket preferably window seat, since i am still laughing at that part of the article.

cuz apparently flying was too difficult to do by herself, but representing herself, she thought she could do with no arms tied behind her back
2004-08-14 12:29:18 AM  

And now a new one:

What do you call a woman with no arms and no legs?

2004-08-14 12:30:50 AM  
twx, you forgot 'in court'

but good one
2004-08-14 12:32:27 AM  
sorry one more:

what do you call a guy w/ no arms and no legs waterskiing?

/remember the 730 show is completely different than the 930 show.
2004-08-14 12:42:25 AM  
What do you call two guys with no arms & no legs hanging on a wall?
Curt 'n Rod
that's the best
2004-08-14 12:44:16 AM  
I have to agree with the airline on this one, as much as I hate too. Helping disabled persons is one thing, but someone that is tottaly incapacitated is another... what if she needs to use the restroom?
2004-08-14 12:51:52 AM  
I submitted this with a better article (Reuters.) It explained that she gets around in a wheelchair and has flown many other times alone without problems.

And to those knownothing jerks at AP, thalidomides are now being used to treat for leprosy, but in the 1960s it was widely used to treat morning sickness and insomnia in pregnant women. Birth defects (seal limbs) resulted from use during the first trimester. It was never approved for use in the USA, so the problem here was limited to those who were treated in foreign countries. Its first approval for leprosy in the US was in 1998, so calling it a leprosy drug is misleading.
2004-08-14 12:55:47 AM  
This is stupid. An English woman with no arms or legs screws around for four years due to her own inabilities in some way, finally figures it out, hires a lawyer, and files. Ok, now that I can somehow understand, but wait:

She's English. The defendant is French. The suit is not only four years after, but is now filed in Manhattan.

Huh? Why not in England, or maybe France? Is it an "Only in America" type thing? And if so, well:


I mean, foriegners filing here for stuff that didn't even happen in our borders. Nice.

/Wonders where the Candid Cameras are.
//is reminded of this joke: An armless, legless woman is on a towel a beach. A guy is jogging and pauses by her as he sees she's crying. He asks why, and she says "I was born this way, and nobody ever wants anything to do with me. I've never even had a proper hug!" So he figures he'll humor her, and gives her a hug. She smiles, says thanks, and he jogs off. The next say, she's there again, he jogs up, she's crying again. He asks why, and she says "You know the way I look... I've never been kissed before..." So he figures that wouldn't be a terrible thing, so he leans in, and kisses her. She smiles and he jogs off. The next day, there she is, sobbing, and he jogs up, and asks why. "Well, it's just that, you know, the way I am, I've never been screwed..." The man gently picks her up, holding her ever so gently yet firmly, smiling at her. The wind is subtle, the sun just over the horizon, the waves gently lapping at the shore. It's perfect. He wades out with her into the ocean. The water comes up, she starts to shiver at the cold water. The water is up to his chest, he looks down at her, smiling...
...and then flings her out into the ocean, walking away, shouting "You're screwed now!!!"
///Before any o' yous get mad, my dad told me that one, and HE's a "disabled" person. So get over yourselves.
2004-08-14 12:57:58 AM  
Where are the pictures?

Funniest. Headline. Evah.
2004-08-14 01:02:02 AM  
Submitter is going to hell, but I'll be right there with him. Didn't RTFA yet (too drunk), but a great headline.
2004-08-14 01:06:07 AM  
Helping her down the aisle sure was a drag.
2004-08-14 01:07:26 AM  
Part of the reason she is filing in the US might be because part of the monetary damages were accrued in the US;i.e, she had to put up her companion in a hotel. If the suit goes forward, conformance to Air France policies will probably be a major issue. Europe has been dealing with thalidomide baby's for 40 years, so it not a new issue with them.
2004-08-14 01:12:10 AM  
snail tracks... jeez, I hate myself for laughing at that.

So I'm thinking, what must this be like. When you don't have any arms or legs, you probably have to plan for a trip much differently. There must be tons of logistics involved. Packing alone must be a biatch. But you persevere and get yourself ready to go. You call up a friend to take you to the airport. You suck up your 42 years of limblessness and smile at all the people in the terminal who are looking at you like some freak. And finally you make it to the ticket counter. Accomplishment!

Then some farking Air France flunky says no, you can't fly.

You can send your idiot kids or feeble grandparents on a flight on their own and the attendants will take care of them (sometimes for an extra fee, naturally). People with IQs of 40 and others who don't understand a single word the attendant is saying manage to fly regularly. But this woman who's figured out how to cope for 42 years with no limbs can't fly?

I guess she didn't know that "Boxing Helena" surprisingly flopped in France.
2004-08-14 01:15:19 AM  
calling it a leprosy drug is misleading

This bothered me, too. Revisionist, or just plain ignorant, media.
2004-08-14 01:17:18 AM  
I worked in a pharmacy in high school, and had to prepare bottles of thalidomide for a customer.

The box containing the pill actually has a picture of a "flipper baby" (so called b/c the arms and legs are deformed and look like flippers). I guess the pic is to remind us not to give the pills to pregnant women. I found it more then a little disturbing though.
2004-08-14 01:17:30 AM  

Why is this claim filed in the USA?

A semi famous legal quote (Lord Denning): "Like a moth to the flame, so is the litigator drawn to the United States of America"

Secondly It took her four years and she couldnt even get past the first step of filing a claim..... And THEN she realizes she needs the help of a lawyer. I can only imagine that this lawsuit was on the top of her priority list, right after suing the guy on the subway that made fun of her, and then suing the company that makes bathroom signs for being insensitive for not making any female toilet signs with a flipper person in a dress.

/I would take a ticket, but I wont, because the truth hurts.
2004-08-14 01:17:47 AM  
I guess these armless, legless guys never need to worry about being called "Neil".
2004-08-14 01:29:14 AM  
Some other helpful passenger should have just claimed her as a carry on. Carry on..get it?

/Got something, just don't know where it's at.
2004-08-14 01:30:56 AM  
You gotta hand it to her, it takes a real woman to take a stand against this type of abuse. She's taking steps to end discrimination. I hear her husband Art has been hanging around the court room and her boyfriend Mat is waiting outside for her.
2004-08-14 01:33:26 AM  
nyfarker: "I think the one posted instead of nine is dumb"

Seven-of-Nine? Because they can't have a body, a head, and alien controlled limbs post on Fark. That would be wrong/thinks Star Trek had an answer for everything.
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