A widower sues an airline after his morbidly obese wife is denied a flight by three separate airlines and dies in Europe. Janos Soltesz is seeking $6 million in damages, but it isn't clear which airline he is suing, according to a Jan. 29, 2013 report by Yahoo! News.
Delta Airlines, Lufthansa and Royal Dutch Airlines each failed to board the 425-pound, wheelchair-bound woman onto a flight. Delta has denied being served with a lawsuit. Lufthansa and Royal Dutch declined to comment when contacted byYahoo! The widower sues an airline but which one?
Vilma Soltesz was suffering from diabetes and kidney disease; she'd also had one leg amputated. Delta Airlines successfully flew her from the United States to Hungary, but they didn't have a wheelchair suitable to transport her to her seat on a return flight.
On a Royal Dutch Airlines plane, Soltesz was asked to leave after she was unable to transfer from a wheelchair into her airplane seat. She fared no better on a Lufthansa flight. After boarding the plane, she was asked to leave rather than delay the flight for the other passengers. The couple returned to their vacation home. Two days later, she was dead.
When a widower sues an airline over his wife's death, the implication is that he believes the airline caused his wife to die. Is that the case here? Would Vilma Soltesz still be alive if she had boarded a plane and arrived home in the United States? That's obviously a question for the court to decide.