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(Cape Cod Times)   Disabled man forced to crawl across tarmac by Delta airlines. Made it to Atlanta quicker than the flight   (capecodonline.com ) divider line
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2013-07-30 09:21:31 AM  
I'm assuming that someone with a spinal injury can't swim very well either. So, beating the plane from Hawaii might have been a tad difficult but not impossible.
 
2013-07-30 09:31:42 AM  
They didn't find him a wheelchair that fit in the aisle of the Nantucket airplane? Shocking.

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2013-07-30 09:32:05 AM  
When the fark do you have to board the plane from the tarmac these days? Don't they have those boarding tunnels? Not that it makes any difference. If true story, I hope this farker gets enough cash to get one of those bionic exoskeletons to enable him to walk.

/there once was a man from Nantucket
//not this guy in TFA though
 
2013-07-30 09:32:07 AM  
The worst part is the horrible rug burns he suffered due to being a man from Nantucket.
 
2013-07-30 09:32:14 AM  
This one will be settled fairly quickly I would think.  You don't want this case in front of a jury.
 
2013-07-30 09:33:38 AM  
Matt?
 
2013-07-30 09:36:44 AM  

WTFDYW: When the fark do you have to board the plane from the tarmac these days? Don't they have those boarding tunnels? Not that it makes any difference. If true story, I hope this farker gets enough cash to get one of those bionic exoskeletons to enable him to walk.

/there once was a man from Nantucket
//not this guy in TFA though


Small airports don't jetways they use stair cars or small plane that need a few or no steps.

I would think this would happen often enough for them to have some procedure in place.
 
2013-07-30 09:37:13 AM  
There's enough of a demand for a flight from Maui to Nantucket?
 
2013-07-30 09:37:17 AM  
I'm not saying he's exaggerating about what actually happened, but he's exaggerating about what actually happened.
 
2013-07-30 09:41:24 AM  
According to the suit, filed July 23 in U.S. District Court in Hawaii, D. Baraka Kanaan was "forced to crawl across an airport tarmac, up and down the stairs of an airplane, down the aisle of the aircraft and out of and into his seat" while boarding a flight last summer from Maui to Nantucket and again when boarding a return flight from Nantucket to Maui, where Kanaan lives.

I didn't know there were direct flights to Maui from Nantucket. Why the hell does anyone around here fly via LAX?
 
2013-07-30 09:42:14 AM  
"and finally we would like to invite our paraplegic passenges to board. Zone Fail - ready to board."
 
2013-07-30 09:42:43 AM  

WTFDYW: When the fark do you have to board the plane from the tarmac these days? Don't they have those boarding tunnels? Not that it makes any difference. If true story, I hope this farker gets enough cash to get one of those bionic exoskeletons to enable him to walk.

/there once was a man from Nantucket
//not this guy in TFA though


I've had to walk the tarmac in Chicago, Munich,  Gdansk, Sofia, Lisbon in the last couple years. It's more common than you may think.
 
2013-07-30 09:46:25 AM  
FTA: He said Delta employees refused to physically assist him because they did not want to be held liable for any injury.

Thank you, trial lawyers!!
 
2013-07-30 09:47:50 AM  
A man named Kanaan, a poet
was told by Delta to stow it.
Though being from Nantucket
he told them to Fark it,
and the money he gets he will blow it
 
2013-07-30 09:49:15 AM  

phenn: FTA: He said Delta employees refused to physically assist him because they did not want to be held liable for any injury.

Thank you, trial lawyers!!


Well, I could almost understand the employees, but there were no other passengers who could help him ?
 
2013-07-30 09:49:54 AM  

padraig: phenn: FTA: He said Delta employees refused to physically assist him because they did not want to be held liable for any injury.

Thank you, trial lawyers!!

Well, I could almost understand the employees, but there were no other passengers who could help him ?


Probably had the same fears or concerns.
 
2013-07-30 09:54:42 AM  

phenn: padraig: phenn: FTA: He said Delta employees refused to physically assist him because they did not want to be held liable for any injury.

Thank you, trial lawyers!!

Well, I could almost understand the employees, but there were no other passengers who could help him ?

Probably had the same fears or concerns.


And for good reason.  He seems to be quick to lawyer up as evidenced by his current lawsuit.
 
2013-07-30 09:59:40 AM  
There once was a man who flew to Nantucket.
There was no wheelchair, so he was forced to truck it.
The tarmac scrapped his chin,
and on the flight back it happened again.
But he's gonna get paid, so fark it.
 
2013-07-30 10:03:17 AM  

CJHardin: phenn: padraig: phenn: FTA: He said Delta employees refused to physically assist him because they did not want to be held liable for any injury.

Thank you, trial lawyers!!

Well, I could almost understand the employees, but there were no other passengers who could help him ?

Probably had the same fears or concerns.

And for good reason.  He seems to be quick to lawyer up as evidenced by his current lawsuit.


I would have helped him (or at least offered my help if he wanted it). From the picture he looks very light, so it would be cinch to carry him.

The airline will settle, I can't imagine anyone believes having a cripple crawl up and down boarding stairs is a "reasonable accomodation".
 
GBB
2013-07-30 10:03:50 AM  
Make me crawl across the tarmac and up into the plane once, shame on you.
Make me crawl across the tarmac and up into the plane on my return trip, Fark You, Delta.
 
2013-07-30 10:05:25 AM  
But they offered him a $100 voucher, so it's all good
 
2013-07-30 10:07:17 AM  
Hard to believe it's even in a lawsuit stage.  Seems like Delta wouldn't want something like this on the internet, or news outlets.

Wow...
 
2013-07-30 10:07:44 AM  
you have to learn how to crawl before you can fly.
 
2013-07-30 10:11:11 AM  

WTFDYW: When the fark do you have to board the plane from the tarmac these days? Don't they have those boarding tunnels? Not that it makes any difference. If true story, I hope this farker gets enough cash to get one of those bionic exoskeletons to enable him to walk.

/there once was a man from Nantucket
//not this guy in TFA though


It happens with small planes a lot, especially the "puddle jumpers," which is what it sounds like this plane was. (I assume they do it because it wouldn't be cost effective to have gates for each plane because they are so small -- you can get away with having 1 gate for 2 or 3 planes).
 
2013-07-30 10:12:59 AM  

Private_Citizen: CJHardin: phenn: padraig: phenn: FTA: He said Delta employees refused to physically assist him because they did not want to be held liable for any injury.

Thank you, trial lawyers!!

Well, I could almost understand the employees, but there were no other passengers who could help him ?

Probably had the same fears or concerns.

And for good reason.  He seems to be quick to lawyer up as evidenced by his current lawsuit.

I would have helped him (or at least offered my help if he wanted it). From the picture he looks very light, so it would be cinch to carry him.

The airline will settle, I can't imagine anyone believes having a cripple crawl up and down boarding stairs is a "reasonable accomodation".


This. I am a small female, and I would have helped this guy.  It's not like he's a 400 lb bigun. Two or three passengers would've gotten the job done easily.
 
2013-07-30 10:15:09 AM  

thornhill: WTFDYW: When the fark do you have to board the plane from the tarmac these days? Don't they have those boarding tunnels? Not that it makes any difference. If true story, I hope this farker gets enough cash to get one of those bionic exoskeletons to enable him to walk.

/there once was a man from Nantucket
//not this guy in TFA though

It happens with small planes a lot, especially the "puddle jumpers," which is what it sounds like this plane was. (I assume they do it because it wouldn't be cost effective to have gates for each plane because they are so small -- you can get away with having 1 gate for 2 or 3 planes).


Nantucket airport is small.
 
2013-07-30 10:16:48 AM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQiSgUvPnvI

Did they take away his cane too?  And no passengers offered to help?
 
2013-07-30 10:19:10 AM  

CJHardin: phenn: padraig: phenn: FTA: He said Delta employees refused to physically assist him because they did not want to be held liable for any injury.

Thank you, trial lawyers!!

Well, I could almost understand the employees, but there were no other passengers who could help him ?

Probably had the same fears or concerns.

And for good reason.  He seems to be quick to lawyer up as evidenced by his current lawsuit.


Sure. But, none of the other passengers would have known that about his personality at that particular moment. Yet, still worried about a suit should their assistance create a problem.

Like I said, thank you, trial lawyers.
 
2013-07-30 10:19:15 AM  
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Lowell Mather: I've had this nagging feeling all day that I'm forgetting something.
Roy Biggins: My guess is you get that feeling a lot.
 
2013-07-30 10:20:44 AM  
United Airlines is appalled. And promises to give him guitars to break while he crawls should he choose them next time.
 
2013-07-30 10:23:58 AM  
Came for a Mortal Kombat reference, leaving disappointed.
 
2013-07-30 10:25:53 AM  

YouFarkingIdiot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQiSgUvPnvI

Did they take away his cane too?  And no passengers offered to help?


And let him sue me if he falls down? No thanks.
 
2013-07-30 10:29:32 AM  

WTFDYW: When the fark do you have to board the plane from the tarmac these days? Don't they have those boarding tunnels? Not that it makes any difference. If true story, I hope this farker gets enough cash to get one of those bionic exoskeletons to enable him to walk.

/there once was a man from Nantucket
//not this guy in TFA though


Well it was long enough to touch the ground. At least as they were making him crawl.
 
2013-07-30 10:31:41 AM  

stonelotus: you have to learn how to crawl before you can fly.


Amazing.
 
2013-07-30 10:33:52 AM  

phenn: padraig: phenn: FTA: He said Delta employees refused to physically assist him because they did not want to be held liable for any injury.

Thank you, trial lawyers!!

Well, I could almost understand the employees, but there were no other passengers who could help him ?

Probably had the same fears or concerns.


If I was a passenger I wouldn't help either, knowing how sue happy people are.
/thanks lawyers
 
2013-07-30 10:34:12 AM  
Crawl across the tarmac?  Something smells like BS.
 
2013-07-30 10:36:10 AM  

namegoeshere: Private_Citizen: CJHardin: phenn: padraig: phenn: FTA: He said Delta employees refused to physically assist him because they did not want to be held liable for any injury.

Thank you, trial lawyers!!

Well, I could almost understand the employees, but there were no other passengers who could help him ?

Probably had the same fears or concerns.

And for good reason.  He seems to be quick to lawyer up as evidenced by his current lawsuit.

I would have helped him (or at least offered my help if he wanted it). From the picture he looks very light, so it would be cinch to carry him.

The airline will settle, I can't imagine anyone believes having a cripple crawl up and down boarding stairs is a "reasonable accomodation".

This. I am a small female, and I would have helped this guy.  It's not like he's a 400 lb bigun. Two or three passengers would've gotten the job done easily.


I would have absolutely helped him if he had needed it.  That's why this story is at best dubious and in my opinion does not pass the smell test.  So NONE of the passengers helped?  Also, try to go to Delta's website and book a 1 way from OGG (Kahulai, HI) to ACK (Nantucket, MA).  You won't get one except for very certain dates with very small aircraft.  TFA never says that the Delta people told the plaintiff that they equipment would be available for the flight, just that they informed him upon arrival that it was not.  I smell a rat.
 
2013-07-30 10:41:46 AM  

namegoeshere: thornhill: WTFDYW: When the fark do you have to board the plane from the tarmac these days? Don't they have those boarding tunnels? Not that it makes any difference. If true story, I hope this farker gets enough cash to get one of those bionic exoskeletons to enable him to walk.

/there once was a man from Nantucket
//not this guy in TFA though

It happens with small planes a lot, especially the "puddle jumpers," which is what it sounds like this plane was. (I assume they do it because it wouldn't be cost effective to have gates for each plane because they are so small -- you can get away with having 1 gate for 2 or 3 planes).

Nantucket airport is small.


I've had to walk on the Tarmac at large airports like PHL and ATL, so it's not a small airport thing, but that small airports tend to have small planes.
 
2013-07-30 10:42:45 AM  

namegoeshere: Private_Citizen: CJHardin: phenn: padraig: phenn: FTA: He said Delta employees refused to physically assist him because they did not want to be held liable for any injury.

Thank you, trial lawyers!!

Well, I could almost understand the employees, but there were no other passengers who could help him ?

Probably had the same fears or concerns.

And for good reason.  He seems to be quick to lawyer up as evidenced by his current lawsuit.

I would have helped him (or at least offered my help if he wanted it). From the picture he looks very light, so it would be cinch to carry him.

The airline will settle, I can't imagine anyone believes having a cripple crawl up and down boarding stairs is a "reasonable accomodation".

This. I am a small female, and I would have helped this guy.  It's not like he's a 400 lb bigun. Two or three passengers would've gotten the job done easily.


but people these days dont care. if it inconveniences them they wont help others. I bet they were laughing at the poor sap behind his back, I bet the passengers thought it was really funny to make the guy crawl
 
2013-07-30 10:43:52 AM  

phenn: CJHardin: phenn: padraig: phenn: FTA: He said Delta employees refused to physically assist him because they did not want to be held liable for any injury.

Thank you, trial lawyers!!

Well, I could almost understand the employees, but there were no other passengers who could help him ?

Probably had the same fears or concerns.

And for good reason.  He seems to be quick to lawyer up as evidenced by his current lawsuit.

Sure. But, none of the other passengers would have known that about his personality at that particular moment. Yet, still worried about a suit should their assistance create a problem.

Like I said, thank you, trial lawyers.


I was kinda being snarky there, but yeah, you have to worry about liability these days.  I carry multiple releases with me for my job.  Never put yourself in an actionable position.  Yep, trial lawyers. Ambulance chasers.
 
2013-07-30 10:47:16 AM  

thornhill: namegoeshere: thornhill: WTFDYW: When the fark do you have to board the plane from the tarmac these days? Don't they have those boarding tunnels? Not that it makes any difference. If true story, I hope this farker gets enough cash to get one of those bionic exoskeletons to enable him to walk.

/there once was a man from Nantucket
//not this guy in TFA though

It happens with small planes a lot, especially the "puddle jumpers," which is what it sounds like this plane was. (I assume they do it because it wouldn't be cost effective to have gates for each plane because they are so small -- you can get away with having 1 gate for 2 or 3 planes).

Nantucket airport is small.

I've had to walk on the Tarmac at large airports like PHL and ATL, so it's not a small airport thing, but that small airports tend to have small planes.


I walk tarmac every time I fly from or to home (Asheville, NC).  All small 30 passenger or less flights.  The TSA are nicer at those airports too in my experience.
 
2013-07-30 11:03:14 AM  

CJHardin: thornhill: namegoeshere: thornhill: WTFDYW: When the fark do you have to board the plane from the tarmac these days? Don't they have those boarding tunnels? Not that it makes any difference. If true story, I hope this farker gets enough cash to get one of those bionic exoskeletons to enable him to walk.

/there once was a man from Nantucket
//not this guy in TFA though

It happens with small planes a lot, especially the "puddle jumpers," which is what it sounds like this plane was. (I assume they do it because it wouldn't be cost effective to have gates for each plane because they are so small -- you can get away with having 1 gate for 2 or 3 planes).

Nantucket airport is small.

I've had to walk on the Tarmac at large airports like PHL and ATL, so it's not a small airport thing, but that small airports tend to have small planes.

I walk tarmac every time I fly from or to home (Asheville, NC).  All small 30 passenger or less flights.  The TSA are nicer at those airports too in my experience.


I love small airports because I can arrive within 1 hour of take off, but I've often found TSA to be ridiculously meticulous or incompetent. For example, I flew out of Birmingham, AL the other week; they put my toiletry bag through the scanner three times. Putting aside the fact that all I had in there were my 3 oz liquids, toothbrush and hairbrush, you'd think after the second scan they'd just search the bag instead of scanning it for a third time. I see stuff like that happen at small airports all of the time.
 
2013-07-30 11:04:00 AM  
From Hawaii to Nantucket... does this guy have a hard-on for islands?

He said Delta employees refused to physically assist him because they did not want to be held liable for any injury.

Most likely liability for a workers comp injury.

I'm reminded of my old gym, built pre-ADA. You had to take two flights of stairs to the front door, even though the weight room, locker room, racquetball courts were all on the ground floor. Just the emergency exits.
 
2013-07-30 11:10:08 AM  
Do they have disabled passengers board first on those small flights?
 
2013-07-30 11:10:27 AM  

thornhill: CJHardin: thornhill: namegoeshere: thornhill: WTFDYW: When the fark do you have to board the plane from the tarmac these days? Don't they have those boarding tunnels? Not that it makes any difference. If true story, I hope this farker gets enough cash to get one of those bionic exoskeletons to enable him to walk.

/there once was a man from Nantucket
//not this guy in TFA though

It happens with small planes a lot, especially the "puddle jumpers," which is what it sounds like this plane was. (I assume they do it because it wouldn't be cost effective to have gates for each plane because they are so small -- you can get away with having 1 gate for 2 or 3 planes).

Nantucket airport is small.

I've had to walk on the Tarmac at large airports like PHL and ATL, so it's not a small airport thing, but that small airports tend to have small planes.

I walk tarmac every time I fly from or to home (Asheville, NC).  All small 30 passenger or less flights.  The TSA are nicer at those airports too in my experience.

I love small airports because I can arrive within 1 hour of take off, but I've often found TSA to be ridiculously meticulous or incompetent. For example, I flew out of Birmingham, AL the other week; they put my toiletry bag through the scanner three times. Putting aside the fact that all I had in there were my 3 oz liquids, toothbrush and hairbrush, you'd think after the second scan they'd just search the bag instead of scanning it for a third time. I see stuff like that happen at small airports all of the time.


I have a simple method for that.  I always wear PJs and flip flops and carry a tiny Toshiba laptop and my wallet.  Checked baggage is checked.  That said I also do prescreening.  In a small airport I can arrive 30 minutes prior and board easily.
 
2013-07-30 11:18:57 AM  
Flying to ACK?

Next time, take the ferry.
 
2013-07-30 11:22:30 AM  

Odd Bird: Crawl across the tarmac?  Something smells like BS.


this.  my bs meter went off right away.  there's gotta be waaaay more to this story than we know.
 
2013-07-30 11:33:46 AM  
I am calling Bullschitt on this story.  I find it hard to believe that not a single person did a damned thing to help this go, neither the pilot, stewardess, ground crew or even his fellow passengers!
 
2013-07-30 11:38:53 AM  

CJHardin: thornhill: CJHardin: thornhill: namegoeshere: thornhill: WTFDYW: When the fark do you have to board the plane from the tarmac these days? Don't they have those boarding tunnels? Not that it makes any difference. If true story, I hope this farker gets enough cash to get one of those bionic exoskeletons to enable him to walk.

/there once was a man from Nantucket
//not this guy in TFA though

It happens with small planes a lot, especially the "puddle jumpers," which is what it sounds like this plane was. (I assume they do it because it wouldn't be cost effective to have gates for each plane because they are so small -- you can get away with having 1 gate for 2 or 3 planes).

Nantucket airport is small.

I've had to walk on the Tarmac at large airports like PHL and ATL, so it's not a small airport thing, but that small airports tend to have small planes.

I walk tarmac every time I fly from or to home (Asheville, NC).  All small 30 passenger or less flights.  The TSA are nicer at those airports too in my experience.

I love small airports because I can arrive within 1 hour of take off, but I've often found TSA to be ridiculously meticulous or incompetent. For example, I flew out of Birmingham, AL the other week; they put my toiletry bag through the scanner three times. Putting aside the fact that all I had in there were my 3 oz liquids, toothbrush and hairbrush, you'd think after the second scan they'd just search the bag instead of scanning it for a third time. I see stuff like that happen at small airports all of the time.

I have a simple method for that.  I always wear PJs and flip flops and carry a tiny Toshiba laptop and my wallet.  Checked baggage is checked.  That said I also do prescreening.  In a small airport I can arrive 30 minutes prior and board easily.


I never check my bag. At busy airports during peak times the wait to get the bag is too damn long. Even for multi week travel I rather pay to do laundry than have a checked bag.
 
2013-07-30 11:45:46 AM  
what happened to "handi-capable"?
 
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