Disabled man forced to crawl on & off of airplane

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Disabled Man Claims Delta Forced Him to Crawl
By ALEXIS SHAW | Good Morning America – 8 hours ago

A partially paralyzed man is suing Delta Airlines, claiming he was forced to crawl on and off his flights and across the tarmac because he wasn't provided with the equipment he needed to board and exit the plane, according to a complaint.

D. Baraka Kanaan, 40, of Haiku, Hawaii, filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Hawaii against Delta Airlines and 20 of the carrier's employees and agents. The suit, filed on July 23, seeks damages after he endured "intense physical and extreme emotional suffering" from the ordeal.

In the suit, Kanaan said the airline subjected him to "appallingly outrageous treatment" both on his flight to Nantucket, Mass., on July 27, 2012 and on his flight back to Maui, Hawaii, two days later.

Kanaan, who suffered partial paralysis of his legs after a car accident in 2000, called Delta weeks before his flight to Nantucket, Mass., to let them know he needed an aisle chair and a lift to get off the plane and into his wheelchair, the complaint said. The airline told him he'd be accommodated upon his arrival.

But when his flight landed at Nantucket Airport, he was told by a flight attendant that the airline didn't have the equipment he needed and that the crew couldn't get him off the plane, according to the complaint.

As a result, Kanaan was "forced to crawl down the aisle of the airplane, down the stairs of the aircraft and across the tarmac to his wheelchair without any assistance."

But even though Kanaan reported the problem to Delta and was assured he'd be given what he needed on his trip home, the same thing happened to Kanaan on his flight to Hawaii.

Kanaan was told that neither an aisle chair nor a lift was available to help him on the plane. Once again, he was forced to "crawl across the tarmac, up the stairs of the aircraft, down the aisle and hoist himself into his seat," the complaint said.

The only thing the airline offered him was "a piece of cardboard to put down so his clothes wouldn't get dirty," according to the suit.

Under the Air Carrier Access Act, the airline is required to provide passengers "with a lift, aisle chair and other equipment as needed or requested," the suit said.

While the Delta disability desk offered to compensate Kanaan with 25,000 miles and $100 voucher, the lawsuit also states, the offer was not enough to quell his fears that he'd be forced to crawl again if he flew with the airline.

Kanaan's attorney, Richard Holcomb, told ABC News that while his client was upset that the issue could not be resolved, he's glad that his story is out as the airline has "done other egregious things to disabled people" in the past.

Kanaan's complaint states, "Just a year before, Delta received no less than 5,000 complaints against it and was ordered to pay record breaking fines for its persistent 'egregious' mistreatment of disabled passengers."

A spokesman for Delta Airlines declined to comment on the pending lawsuit.
 

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Sensing that his guy is a professional "I didn't get accomodated so I'm suing guy".
Maui and Nantucket Airports?
Know what flew out of Nantucket?
These guys: Still a lift is not that hard to get if ordered one month or even a week in advance. What about his crutches? He was only partially paralyzed in his legs...
 

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Delta Airlines has had it with these motherfuckin' gimps on their motherfuckin' planes.
 

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Where is the one flight attendant on an ERJ going to mysteriously find a piece of cardboard?

This story stinks for many reasons, the first being that it originated from the Daily Mail.

The $100/25k skymiles is basically the "we don't necessarily believe you, but here's something to make you go away" compensation package by the way.
 
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Well that and who flies from Hawaii to Nantucket for a two day stay...
 

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His name isn't "Baraka Kanaan"... I'll guarantee you that. I'm sure he was a Chad Johnson or the like before he decided to get all mystical. He certainly isn't any sort of "doctor", other than the kind who ordered his Doctorate of Spiritual Science off the internets.

And the fact that he doesn't have a scrap of video proving his bullshit victimhood story is beyond suspicious. He's an attention whore who likes to be on camera, so where's the video?

Like this video... OF HIM STANDING UPRIGHT AND WALKING!

 
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Well plus after a 17 hour flight I know I would be a bit wonky walking as well...



Oh and his webpage... bleech...

http://dreamingbear.net/

"Baraka is a modern day Rumi, he is Maui's Poet Laureate/Voice of Nature."
~ New York Times BSA Dr. H. Bloomfield

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"If you gazed up at the night sky from Jupiter, Saturn or any other place in our solar system, you’d see many celestial bodies—including one called Planet Earth. The inhabitants of this heavenly body are heavenly beings—who are waiting for a poet to remind them of this. enter Baraka…

The calcium in your bones, the iron in your blood, the oxygen in your lungs—every element in your body, except the hydrogen—was originally created in the cosmic furnaces that we call stars. (the hydrogen was created with the Big Bang, and nobody knows where that came from.) This means that you are ON the earth—but you are not OF the earth. Where is the poet who can celebrate the re-discovery of this ancient sacred truth? Enter Baraka…

Huge cracks are appearing in the asphalt of assumptions that enabled the Western world to create techno-dazzle and environmental destruction. The cracks began appearing in the 1920’s when quantum physics was accidentally discovered. as the cracks are widening and spreading now, all sorts of structures from bee colonies to national economies are collapsing. Pushing up through the cracks is Mother Nature’s primal, pulsing, quantum-magical power. But where is the poet who can celebrate this? Enter Baraka…"

~Harriet Witt~ Maui’s Astronomer and Naturalist
primalscience.com, passengerplanet.com

*Unity ÷ Divided by 8 Infinity x Multiplied by the (Singularity of You and Me) – Minus the illusion of Time's Forward Progress, Plus + √Z the square root of the rest of existence is equal to =
Love phi ratio.
 
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Well his full name is... get this... Dr. Dreaming Bear Baraka Kanaan

Oh and if you haven't gotten the full chill of the douche type yet from this wingnut... enjoy this... his "internationally broadcast tv show" Episode one has over 245 views... well 246...

 

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His name isn't "Baraka Kanaan"... I'll guarantee you that. I'm sure he was a Chad Johnson or the like before he decided to get all mystical. He certainly isn't any sort of "doctor", other than the kind who ordered his Doctorate of Spiritual Science off the internets.

And the fact that he doesn't have a scrap of video proving his bullshit victimhood story is beyond suspicious. He's an attention whore who likes to be on camera, so where's the video?

Like this video... OF HIM STANDING UPRIGHT AND WALKING!

That was before his car accident.:action-sm
 

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That was before his car accident.
He was walking with a cane before his accident?

His car accident was in 2000.

There are recent pictures of him standing on his facebook page...

 

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Delta Airlines has had it with these motherfuckin' gimps on their motherfuckin' planes.

Now if we can just get the fucking fatty pig fatties tossed off the plane, maybe the rest of us human shaped people can fly in a little comfort!
 
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Now if we can just get the fucking fatty pig fatties tossed off the plane, maybe the rest of us human shaped people can fly in a little comfort!
Good luck with that.. oh fyi the last stretch of his flight from JFK to ACK was in one of those small commuter jets. They don't even have a shitter much less a ramp to get this shithead off.
 

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Good luck with that.. oh fyi the last stretch of his flight from JFK to ACK was in one of those small commuter jets. They don't even have a shitter much less a ramp to get this shithead off.
The ERJ does have a lav, and it's big enough that it has to have provisions to accommodate cripps.
 

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He was walking with a cane before his accident?

His car accident was in 2000.

There are recent pictures of him standing on his facebook page...

Why does this asshole have a photo of someone taking a photo of him? That's like all the cheap Indians and Jews at amusement parks who take photos of the photos from the roller coaster cams.
 
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The ERJ does have a lav, and it's big enough that it has to have provisions to accommodate cripps.
The one from Toronto to Portland didn't... gather a smaller one. The flight info had 4 different types of Embraers listed...