A woman had planned on traveling from Hawaii to San Jose via Alaska Airlines recently, but was bumped from the flight at last minute due to her sporting a surgical mask because she has cancer.
According to NBC Bay Area, Elizabeth Sedway, who suffers from multiple myeloma, was bumped from the flight for wearing the mask, as well as complaining to a flight attendant of feeling “weak.”
Since the incident, Sedway has called for common sense regarding cancer patients, as well as an apology, which the airline has finally given to her since the incident.
The site reports:
Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan on Tuesday told NBC Bay Area that the “communication breakdown was on our part,” adding that the company will refund the airfare for family and reimburse any expenses.
Sedway, who lives in Granite Bay in Northern California and suffers from multiple myeloma, said in a phone interview Tuesday from Hawaii that her entire family was escorted off the flight Monday after she put on a surgical mask in the boarding area of the Lihue Airport.
The flight attendant asked Sedway if she was OK, and the 51-year-old mother, travel writer and attorney admitted she might need some extra time to board because sometimes “I feel weak.” The flight attendant called a doctor, she said, who issued the opinion that Sedway shouldn’t fly.
Sedway originally posted a video of what went down on her Facebook page, and told the viewers, “”I’m being removed like I’m a criminal or contagious because I have cancer. No note to fly. My family is being forcibly removed from the airplane because I have cancer.”
She then continues to ask, “Does anybody wonder how I got to Hawaii?”
The site also reports that there have been precautions that cancer-stricken patients have been advised to take, during times such as when oxygen levels and air pressure changes at high altitudes, which can be dangerous.
What are your thoughts on the woman’s being bumped from the flight?