Woman With Cancer Kicked Off Flight

She didn't have a note from her doctor, says Alaska Airlines
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2015 3:24 PM CDT
Woman With Cancer Kicked Off Flight
An Alaska Airlines jet takes off in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

A little overzealous, maybe? Alaska Airlines kicked a cancer patient off a flight Monday because she didn't have a note from her doctor clearing her to fly, reports CBS San Francisco. Elizabeth Sedway, 51, says she had donned a surgical mask to avoid germs while waiting to board, which apparently drew the attention of an airline employee. "She asked me if I needed anything," writes Sedway, who has a blood cancer called multiple myeloma, in a Facebook post. "The first time. I said no. The second time, [I] said, well I might need a bit of extra time to board, sometimes I feel weak.” Upon boarding, she says a doctor and an airline rep came to her seat and informed her she'd need a doctor's note to stay on the plane.

Sedway had no such note and no easy way of getting one given that she was on a plane, in Hawaii, hoping to return to her home in California. She was escorted from the jet with her husband and two sons, and the family had to find a place to stay for the night. “It was shocking," she says. "I mean I’ve flown, we’ve flown for five years with this diagnosis, and I felt humiliated." What's more, the delay meant that she'd miss chemo treatments back home. Alaska Airlines has since apologized and will cover the cost of the tickets and the extra night's lodging, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The Sedways, meanwhile, plan to donate the refunded money to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. (More Alaska Airlines stories.)

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