Did Delta or KLM Airlines cause Bronx woman’s death abroad? That’s what Janos Soltesz seems to think.
His wife, Vilma, was not in the best of health. She weighed approximately 425 pounds.
Vilma Soltesz also only had one leg and got around in a wheelchair.
Nearly every year, according to Soltesz, he and his wife would visit Hungary for weeks and spend time at their vacation home.
He probably never thought that this would be his wife’s last trip.
Soltesz also probably never imagined that it would end in the apparently humiliating way it did.
When he and his wife attempted to return to the United States on October 15 so Vilma could resume her treatment,they were not allowed to fly home because, according to him, Vilma was too fat.
They tried three times to get back to the United States and, according to her husband, Airline officials booted her from three different flights due to her weight.
After a long wait at the airport after being booted off the first time, they were instructed to drive five hours to Prague for a Delta plane that could accommodate her as a disabled person.
Once in Prague, Delta staff said that the airline’s plastic wheelchair could not hold her weight and could not put her on the sky-lift elevator.
Finally they were told that Vilma could be accommodated on October 22 on a Lufthansa flight.
That didn’t work out either
Her husband claims that he informed the airline of his wife’s condition and purchased a total of three tickets; two for his wife and one for himself.
So why did they have to go through all of this?
Apparently, part of the problem, was that Vilma gained some weight while vacationing, due to her illness.
Sadly, Vilma died in Hungary nine days after she was kicked off of the first plane trying to return to her home in the United States.
Janos Soltesz said according to Fox news, “they tried to fit her in the back of the plane, but they didn’t have an extension to secure her. ”
Did Delta or KLM Airlines cause Bronx woman’s death abroad? Are they at all culpable because they did not ensure that the very ill and overweight woman could get home?
While we fully understand that Vilma’s size was an issue, the fact is she was flown there means that the airlines were aware of her size and her condition and, even if the husband had to be charged, there should have been some type of plan to get her home.
The airlines are going to say they did all the could. Was it enough?