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Delta Offers to Put Down Cardboard While Forcing Disabled Man to Crawl on Tarmac (TEXT and VIDEO)

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A disabled Hawaii man is suing Delta Airlines after he says that the company forced him to crawl across the airport tarmac three times and only offered him cardboard so he would not get his suit dirty.

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Yvonne White (229)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:03 pm

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Monday July 29, 2013, 2:19 pm
If this was me, I would go for the jugular.

Linda Moore (240)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:41 pm
Heartless Bastards !

Sue L (63)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:52 pm
This is outrageous! I hope he gets a huge settlement. Delta should be ashamed of their entire company after these incidents.

Birgit W (160)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:09 pm
Outrageous, don't people have a heart anymore? I will certainly never fly with Delta Airlines. Shame!

Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:34 pm
I sometimes forget to turn the page on my calender, but I could have sworn this is the 21st century, not the 12th. I don't fly unless I absolutely have to because I object to the airlines' ever-more creative fees, but this might turn me into a full-time train commando. Disgusting.

Eternal G (745)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:48 pm just takes two able bodies to carry a normal weight male! Good on him for making this public... in the end this will do the airline more harm than carrying a disabled passenger to his wheelchair with the liability that goes with it.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:12 pm

Evelyn Z (300)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:10 pm
Sad & Sickening

Jason S (50)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:50 pm
Good posting, thanks

Laurie H (817)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:25 pm
OMG -This is an outrage!!!!~ NO EXCUSE!!! Thanks for posting Carrie~~

Sheila D (194)
Monday July 29, 2013, 9:18 pm
Read and noted with disgust that a Big Airline treats its disabled flyers in such a way. And expected to get away with it. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:02 pm

Shaheen N (64)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:37 pm
Disturbing & distressing.

Barb K (1688)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:53 pm
Just sent this to my bf who's a very caring and wonderful pilot and would NEVER do anything like this!! My uncle used to work for Delta back in the 60's and they'd never do this!! Thnx Carrie!!

Michelle Lacombe (11)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:08 pm
I cannot believe what I'm hearing right now! And people just stood there and watched! I can't even begin to imagine how he must have felt. Embarrassment, shame, the dignity he lost. Unf**king believable! They treated him like he was lower than dirt. They might as well just spit in his face. Despicable! A $100 for his trouble My God! You cannot buy someone's self worth. Man, i'm not happy at all right now! Absolutely pitiful! These people should be fired, and ordered to pay restitution and pain and suffering. I say, get a good damn lawyer and take ! !them for all they got!

Anne W (11)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:18 pm
Ludicrous. I have never heard anything like this in my life. I know that Delta have a very bad reputation for carrying animals - they have managed to "lose" a number of family pets in transit, and the animals to my knowledge have never been found. It's certainly an airline I would never choose to use. This guy was treated with no respect whatsoever, and to offer him USD 100 and then some air miles for humiliating him and potentially damaging his spine even more is a real insult. Get that airline out of business!

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:55 am
How disgusting, how humiliating and embarrassing. Why didn't anyone help him???? Why didn't fellow passengers help him if the damn crew were so 'scared' over liability issues???? This is, no, this HAS, become such an unsympathetic, non-compassionate, empathetic-less nation in the span of the last 3 decades. To do this to another human being is just depraved, senseless and revolting. I hope he sues and wins the highest amount he can get...and then some. Souless bast**ds.

Lona Goudswaard (80)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:44 am
No wonder Delta airlines is doing so badly. After he get his compensation money awarded by the court, they'll be into more trouble. Perhaps the staff who stood there with their arms crossed can go and do the same in the dole line afterwards.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:17 pm
This is the Corporate mentality that is now prevalent in our Sick Society. That the Human Being no longer thinks with their Hearts but only with $$.

Those who might help fear being sued if they should hurt him in some way. That is certainly a fact that could happen, but society has allowed this. Is fear of too many people and so we stand there looking helpless on should we or shouldn't we do a good deed. We've become paralyzed more than that man, it is a far worse from of being paralyzed. Because now we allow each other to suffer while we watch.

That being said, why were the employees or the passengers even placed in that situation to begin with?

They must have other disabled people who have rode the planes or even Elders that have a hard time able to walk distances or climb stairs. You mean to tell me they have allowed people to do this over and over again or was he somehow singled out? His race? His long hair? At the best it would be he has been the only one that has had to do this. But it is one too many and we may find only the tip of the iceberg.

I think he did handle things with dignity. HE should not feel humiliated nor embarrassed. The Head of Delta and all the employees who have watched him and others perhaps do this should be the ones embarrassed. How can one even work for such a low life Company. Oh, I know, hard to find jobs in this Country, so we all eat a bit of crow with these Corporate Overlords forcing us into places that we shouldn't be. When does the mass of people stand up and get their noses out of these Corporate butts?

How about starting on November 5th! Stand up to the Injustices that this runaway Heartless Corporate mentality has placed into the very fabric of our society. Throw off the chains of injustice so that the Disabled, Elders, Children, poor, minority, and anyone that doesn't fit into the 1% Club can live in a decent and caring society.

These Plutocrats care NOT about you or us. If they did wouldn't they have had a wheelchair waiting at the stairs? Wouldn't they have some sort of lift to bring him into the airplane? Wouldn't they have trained their employees on how to treat every passenger with dignity? And watch, it will be the lowly employees that are most likely following orders that will get the shaft. From this to having little children groped by TSA and others having their colostomy bags pulled off and women asked to remove their prosthetic breasts I'm sickened that I even live here.

I looked for a petition to help this man, couldn't find one, so I will contact Delta. Join me.
Delta Airlines, Inc.
Address: 1030 Delta Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30354
Phone:(404) 715-2600
Hours: Tuesday hours 8:00 am–5:00 pm


Jamie Clemons (282)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:36 pm
How nice of them to offer him cardboard. (sarcasm)

Tamara Hayes (185)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:37 pm
I am beside myself with fury. Words fail me. Sheryl, you said it perfectly. We have become a society of soulless, heartless, compassionless and willfully ignorant people. And we have allowed it to happen. I damn well would have helped that man and I am disabled! Thanks Carrie.

Theresa R (3)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:47 pm
This should NEVER have been allowed to happen. The airline has a duty of care towards all passengers. TO maintain the customer dignity and respect. THEY WERE QUICK ENOUGH TO TAKE HIS MONEY, but not to put provisions in place to make his journey easier and comfortable. WE NEED ASK THE AIRLINE. if their family member was treated in that way, what they would do and how they would feel? BOYCOTT DELTA AIRLINES

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:02 pm
I've had awful experiences on Delta (more than once) transporting my ESA dog. Paperwork in order with the dog seated quietly at my feet, the last time I flew I was approached by a flight attendant who got right in my face and in front of the whole plane said "And what function does your dog provide?". I told him he was welcome to read the letter from my Dr. and that any discussion should be done in private PRIOR to boarding the plane....never, ever will I fly with them again.

When animals in the wild demonstrate more compassion and empathy than the airline industry, we are in very dire shape as a society indeed.

Kelly Boyle (16)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:06 pm
I am sure that if the staff would have helped him, they would have been fired, per company policy. Just like the lifeguard that saved a drowning person and was fired because the person drowning was out of their work zone.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:10 pm
What a Disgrace!
I will never use Delta airlines.
Shame on them!

Kathryn Niell (112)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:20 pm
I don't see any mention of the fact that this incident took place in 2010 on a flight to/from Nantucket Island. I have taken that flight. The plane is tiny, the aisle barely large enough for one person to pass down, and one has to practically bend over in half because the ceiling is so low. It is unlikely that anyone could have carried DreamBear Baraka Kanaan under these circumstances. Why on earth no one, whether crew or passengers didn't offer to do the "fireman chair carry" for him is beyond me. I would have either done so or recruited able bodied others to do so. I'm not condoning Delta's actions in any way, shape or form, but I think it is important to understand the complete picture. The original story about this lead me to Kanaan's YouTube page and I think he's a wonderful, humorous, warm and brilliant man. Check him out!

Kathryn Niell (112)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:23 pm
Excuse me: DreamingBear, not DreamBear. Freudian slip? I think he's kinda cute!

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:15 pm
Whether it happened in 2010 or yesterday is of less importance than the the fact it happened at all!

Jeremy S (3)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:09 pm
The airlines just aren't what they used to be! And speaking as someone who came far too close to being physically disabled myself (I guess modern science is good for something after all), I have tremendous sympathy to anyone like Mr. Kanaan.

The point is, as others have said, it should never have happened. Sure, you could blame it on the recession, if you want to engage in lazy thinking, but I blame it on lazy people instead! People who are taking the easy way out, serving themselves instead of the customers they're supposed to be focused on.

My solution? Government takeover of the airlines. But I bet you won't get much support from much of anybody else, anywhere, for that idea.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:15 pm
The title of the article was absolutely shocking enough to me---reading the article itself made my blood boil. Delta was/is wrong, wrong, wrong. Offering him a measly pittance and some miles?! I don't watch network news, but I hope this is on there. Whatever happened to the "Good Samaritan Law?" I don't even know if it still exists, but I'm 100% positive it was either changed or abolished because of lawyers. In their painstaking efforts to avoid lawsuits, it seems the pendulum is now swinging the other way, and lawsuits will be plentiful, I hope. Not only should this have never happened, but it should never happen again.

pam w (139)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:53 pm
This is VERY suspicious...I want to know more before I comment.

cynthia l (207)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:59 pm
Shocking and very disturbing. This should not be happening

Twyla Sparks (208)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:35 pm
How dare them to do this!!!

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:41 pm
Pam, what do you find suspicious? I am curious.

Edith B (146)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:49 pm
Another reason I choose not to fly. The airlines are all heartless, insufferable, and crass. Hard to believe this is the 21st century.

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:53 am
I don't understand why they didn't retrieve a wheelchair for him, at the least.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:57 pm
Disgusting. What a terrible way to treat him.

fly b (26)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:12 pm
I did not see the video, he mentioned. no mention of one, or who recorded it,but the whole thing is inexcusable.
It's "the Airline" and the people, who work for them, that do things like this. That is the problem, here. What kind of people do this, while not having a clue they are doing something wrong is really astonishing!

Aud n (740)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 11:28 pm
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