The issue of airlines deeming passengers too fat to fly now has a tragic element. A sick Bronx woman recently died in Hungary after being repeatedly denied access to planes she'd been promised space on. "All we wanted was to come back home to get her treatment," the woman's husband of 33 years to the Post. Instead, Janos Soltesz's wife Vilma died in Hungary nine days and three plane rejections after she was supposed to have returned home.
It wasn't like Delta and KLM didn't know that Soltesz's weight was going to be a problem. The couple had flown to their Hungarian vacation home almost every year, including this year, and had in fact bought an extra seat for the 425-pound Vilma, who suffered from a combination of diabetes and kidney disease that already took a leg from her and left her wheelchair-bound.
After their regular vacation to Hungary the Solteszs planned to return to the States where Vilma could continue treatment with her longtime doctors. But instead things just kept going wrong. First KLM tried to get her onto the flight she'd originally bought a ticket for and decided they couldn't. "They didn’t have an extension to secure her," Vilma's husband Janos told the Post.
PHOTO CREDIT: Airlines took Soltesz to Hungary but wouldn't take her back (TV2).