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Topic: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: Skippy777
Posted 2012-05-30 04:11:11 and read 16551 times.

http://www.btmagazine.nl/?p=7749

Really unbelievable this is not what you do as an airline
Turkish Airlines you are way out of line here

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: Daleaholic
Posted 2012-05-30 04:16:47 and read 16509 times.

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As a handicapped person you are always allowed to sit in the first row according to the FAA rules.

FAA rules, not Turkish or Dutch rules.

There will be a reason behind this, the crew would not simply take his artificial limbs from him. Hell, how would they even know he had them, even with a pre-advisory message they're not easy to spot!

The article is poorly written and doesn't explain much. I'd be interested to know the full details.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: something
Posted 2012-05-30 04:16:59 and read 16509 times.

''On forhand'' ?

And when did they stretch the FAA's jurisdiction over Europe?

Hard to believe we're getting the full, or even the true story here.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: Skippy777
Posted 2012-05-30 04:24:44 and read 16445 times.

Mr de Jong is based in the USA, that is why he mentioned the FAA, but I think that if you have a handicap that you may sit in the first row. Another issue here how does he have to get out his chair if there is an emergency ?

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: something
Posted 2012-05-30 04:45:33 and read 16294 times.

Quoting Skippy777 (Reply 3):
Another issue here

Another issue is that the whole story doesn't add up. He felt humiliated by this, but then posts his name and pictures all over the internet?

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: Skippy777
Posted 2012-05-30 04:56:23 and read 16245 times.

Yes it is also on the Dutch News, but ok why does he have to take off his legs ? What if there is an emergency ? He can't walk. He was willing to pay extra for an business class seat and the cabin was half full ? Maybe his legs would not fit in between the cramp seats ?

But I think that if you are an airline you can't ask for a person to take of his legs.
And why did it go wright the first flight ?

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: Siren
Posted 2012-05-30 05:16:19 and read 16131 times.

Okay, this is more straightforward than it seems -

1. He is not automatically entitled to the front row on any airplane in any jurisdiction.

2. The guy had a Y class ticket. He was not booked in J or F, and they did not give him the opportunity to upgrade.

3. Clearly he did not do his due diligence - such as notifying the airline that he required special seating accommodations. The seat pitch was such that he was unable to get his legs into the seat - that's the only reason they were removed.

I sympathize with the guy. It must have been seriously embarrassing having to take off his legs with every eye on the airplane watching - that's just an inevitability when you have a disability.

I'm disabled myself with a spinal cord injury and the net result of that is that when I fly there is some inconvenience I have to put up with. More often than not I have to gate check my wheelchair and hope the ramprats don't screw it up (as they have before to the tune of $400 worth of damage. Spinergy LX wheels are expensive), even with explicit assembly and disassembly instructions. I'm always the first person on the plane, and the last person off. If I need to go to the bathroom - hoo boy, summon the flight attendant, hope they're not doing any meal or beverage service at the time, wait for them to bring the aisle chair, transfer out (with all eyes on me watching the spectacle), get to the bathroom, take care of my business, transfer back to aisle chair, get pulled back to my seat, and transfer back to my seat. If it's coach, this requires two seatmates to vacate the middle and aisle seat - I always take the window. Pain in the ass (metaphorical, as if I could feel my ass), but that's just life. This guy is making a big to do about nothing.

Skippy: If there's an emergency and I need to evac, I'm screwed. As are a ton of other passengers in my situation (and Mr. De Jong's situation). It's just part of the assumed risk. As far as the FAA is concerned, the bar is set at "being able to 'assist' with my own evacuation." They make no reference to me being able to evacuate on my own - which I can't do because I'm not leaving my seat without an aisle chair, flight attendant, or husband.

Now, Mr. De Jong should have been able to get a bulkhead seat - but if he didn't notify the airline that he would be needing these accommodations ahead of time, there should be no expectation that he will be able to be accommodated. As thee article states he offered to pay for an upgrade - he should have done this when he initially booked his travel. It's also clear that he didn't pre-board, and boarded with the rest of the passengers.

It sounds to me like he hadn't flown in a long time - assumed he would be able to cope fine, boarded the plane, and found the seat pitch wouldn't allow him to get seated with his legs attached. Once you're aboard the plane, you're not getting your seat upgraded or changed... this is a story all about nothing, and granted I am making some pretty gross assumptions about it - I know that I'm right. I've been through the whole airline disability accommodations rigamarole more times than I care to admit and there's very little that goes wrong, or is otherwise unexpected if I simply do my part and tell the airline I need accommodations (aisle chair, preboarding assistance, use my own wheelchair at the gate, etc) - everything tends to work out.

This guy... the whole story isn't being told. I've filled the blanks in with my experience to my satisfaction....

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: SOBHI51
Posted 2012-05-30 06:42:39 and read 15845 times.

Quoting Siren (Reply 6):
Clearly he did not do his due diligence - such as notifying the airline that he required special seating accommodations. The seat pitch was such that he was unable to get his legs into the seat - that's the only reason they were removed.

He did

Quoting Skippy777 (Thread starter):

http://www.btmagazine.nl/?p=7749

Mr Kersen de Jong had informed Turlish Airlines about his handicap when he booked the ticket.

There was enough place in Business Class and Mr Kersen de Jong was willing to pay extra for the Business Class seat.

No as far as this part of the story goes and without any other information Turkish Airlines did not do a good job.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: Siren
Posted 2012-05-30 07:11:09 and read 15690 times.

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 7):
Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 7):
Mr Kersen de Jong had informed Turlish Airlines about his handicap when he booked the ticket.

That's not good enough. When he booked the ticket (who knows when? Weeks or months out), it will not be possible to select an appropriate seat. He should have called a day ahead, or tried to get a seat assignment when he arrived at the airport - an appropriate seat would have been reserved and available for him, had he requested it.

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There was enough place in Business Class and Mr Kersen de Jong was willing to pay extra for the Business Class seat.



If he was already aboard the airplane at this time, then there would have been no gate agents, no ticketing agents available. Nobody there would be able to have access to the flight scheduling/booking system to appropriately bill him. What's the flight attendant going to do? Take a Net 30 invoice?

If he wanted a business class seat, he should have booked one.

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No as far as this part of the story goes and without any other information Turkish Airlines did not do a good job.

We'll have to agree to disagree here. I simply cannot believe a screwup of this magnitude could happen had the appropriate notifications been made, had the traveler followed-up on his request with the airline to confirm, had he confirmed that he would have an appropriate seat assignment, etc etc and so on.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: photoshooter
Posted 2012-05-30 07:23:50 and read 15621 times.

Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 1):
The article is poorly written and doesn't explain much. I'd be interested to know the full details.

I can't agree more! 2/3rd of this article doesn't make any sense at all.

Perhaps off the topic but... Isn't it safer to keep the artificial limbs on in case of an emergency?
I must say the article is really confusing me and not to mention the poor translation...

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: ikramerica
Posted 2012-05-30 08:23:29 and read 15415 times.

Quoting Siren (Reply 8):

Purser can sell upgrades aboard. Atleast on most airlines.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: Skippy777
Posted 2012-05-30 09:52:16 and read 14429 times.

They have asked for a response of THY but they don't respond at all.
All the text is according to what Mr Kersen de Jong told the journalist.
But he informed them when he booked the ticket and on the way to Istanbul everything went fine.

So I don't think the problem is with the pax but the steward of THY

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: speedbird203
Posted 2012-05-30 10:04:28 and read 14230 times.

I agree with the above comments about an emergency, Or what if he has to use the bathroom? He would have to go through the hassle of putting them back on and then removing them again.

As others have said, seems like there is a bit of information missing from the story, There has to be a reason to why he had to remove them.

Wonder if we will find out.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: Siren
Posted 2012-05-30 10:36:57 and read 13726 times.

Flight to Istanbul went fine. Return flight - not so fine. Again - did he verify his seat assignment before he went to board the plane? Did he call ahead to confirm that in fact the airline knew of his special needs for the return trip? This is elementary stuff when you travel with a disability. The airline can forget - and it has happened to me. it's never impacted me because I've done my due diligence and always confirmed the availability of seating, and services - the availability of an aisle chair is not an absolute on all planes - I've been on CRJs where they were not standard items, and so on and so forth.

This flier had a responsibility to himself to verify the airline would treat him appropriately. In an ideal world, we wouldn't need to maintain this strict level of oversight, but we don't live in an ideal world. Quite the contrary...

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: Siren
Posted 2012-05-30 10:44:20 and read 13587 times.

Quoting speedbird203 (Reply 12):

I agree with the above comments about an emergency, Or what if he has to use the bathroom? He would have to go through the hassle of putting them back on and then removing them again.

In an emergency? He's screwed. As is anyone else who voluntarily boards a plane with a condition like mine. The fact of the matter is, if there's an emergency, I'm dead unless some good samaritain sees and hears me pleading for help - and provides it. Is it safe? not really, but there are no alternatives. A DISABILITY is, in essence, the lack of ability. The lack of ability to evacuate a plane in an emergency - to attend a restroom on a plane without a flight attendant and an aisle wheelchair - and so on and so forth.

The emergency evacuation scenarios are overblown - they so rarely occur.

I don't want to make it sound like I'm defending the airline - clearly there was some wrongdoing here. But I am a subject matter expert on this issue - and if this occurred, it sounds like something wasn't confirmed or cleared beforehand...

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: s5daw
Posted 2012-05-30 13:53:30 and read 10969 times.

That's strange.

I recently flew Turkish, and I shared flight with a number of people who I guess were para athletes.

A gentleman in my row had to walk with some kind of a crutch (not able to stand on his own), but he simply put it aside his seat (window seat). No objections or actions from the FAs.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: lexer
Posted 2012-05-31 04:11:10 and read 4575 times.

Must say, having to take off artificial legs in front of crew and passengers is pretty humiliating. As is the storage of the limbs for everyone to see. I'd say there's a good case for compensation for moral damages.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: tonystan
Posted 2012-05-31 04:30:58 and read 4475 times.

Quoting something (Reply 2):
And when did they stretch the FAA's jurisdiction over Europe?

When did Europe have jurisdiction over Turkey???? LOL!

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: s5daw
Posted 2012-05-31 04:50:28 and read 4426 times.

Quoting tonystan (Reply 17):
When did Europe have jurisdiction over Turkey????

Check your facts http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/cand.../turkey/eu_turkey_relations_en.htm

Not "jurisdiction over Turkey", but certainly there is a certain impact.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: tonystan
Posted 2012-05-31 04:59:52 and read 4402 times.

Quoting s5daw (Reply 18):
Not "jurisdiction over Turkey", but certainly there is a certain impact.

There is absolutely NO jurisdiction over Turkey. This merely refers to steps Turkey must adopt if it is to be a candidate for entry into the EU from an aviation perspective.

If a person with no legs is required to remove artificle limbs I can assure you that it is not a result of some "impact" from EU JAR-OPS rules.

Infact I reckon this has more to do with some ill-informed Turkish twit and a group of people behind him/her afraid to question their actions!

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: agent99nzboi
Posted 2012-05-31 11:46:19 and read 4109 times.

The points that Siren has brought up are quite true, for a disables passenger to receive the level of care they requite, they need to communicate and inform the Airline in advance. The passenger needs to research the level of care an airline can offer and manage themselves around this eg: Isle chair unavailable in flight.

In a prepared emergency the Disabled passenger will have an able bodied person assigned to sit next to them who will if it is safe to do so, assist them in leaving the aircraft, and crew will assist once everyone else is off as long as it is safe to do so as well.

There must have been other factors, Crew will always be more than accommodating to disabled pax so I feel Sirens assumptions of the events that took place to be the most logical.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: Skippy777
Posted 2012-06-01 07:02:50 and read 3786 times.

Still no reply from Turkish Airlines. As far as I can see the problem is with THY. He informed THY before the flight about his handicap. On the way to Istanbul it went great on the way back the screwed up. They did not keep a seat available. Yesterday I flew Lufthansa and there are special seats available as you can see




So if the way to Istanbul went fine it also had to go wright on the way back I would say

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: sweair
Posted 2012-06-01 07:12:24 and read 3767 times.

I feel bad for him, it´s not like life is easy for him anyway. Some extra care and flexibility should be natural of decent people? I don't know what to believe about this, if it is bad policy from the airline I hope they get all the bad press they deserve.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: SSTsomeday
Posted 2012-06-01 07:30:00 and read 3732 times.

Quoting Siren (Reply 6):
Now, Mr. De Jong should have been able to get a bulkhead seat - but if he didn't notify the airline that he would be needing these accommodations ahead of time, there should be no expectation that he will be able to be accommodated.

I agree that the story does have some loose ends, however I'm pretty sure airlines reserve the right to move passengers around in order to deal with this type of thing. Certain seats (depending on A/C type and layout - you can see this on independent seating charts) are designated for physically challenged people and the airlines can and do bump you if they need that seat. It doesn't have to be reserved in advance for flight attendants to reassign seats, as far as I know. I don't think just because you have sat down that you are exempt from this, until the door closes.

So it's not clear to me why they didn't exercise their authority to accommodate him. Maybe they messed up?

But like I say - I'd love to get the whole story and the reasoning.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: flyingAY
Posted 2012-06-03 00:46:47 and read 3286 times.

Quoting Siren (Reply 13):
Flight to Istanbul went fine. Return flight - not so fine. Again - did he verify his seat assignment before he went to board the plane? Did he call ahead to confirm that in fact the airline knew of his special needs for the return trip? This is elementary stuff when you travel with a disability. The airline can forget

The airline must not forget, is my opinion. I expect that the airline does not forget my booking, my travel class, my pre-ordered meal (has happened to me once), my special baggage request or my request for getting help with unaccompanied minors flying. And I'm definitely not going to spend my time trying to call them beforehand on both outgoing and incoming flights and confirm that I will get the service that I paid for when I booked the ticket. I would expect the same from the airline when it comes to special needs for disabled people. And I think the people with disabilities should do so too.

It used to be elementary stuff to confirm your flight every time before flying, but come on - this is 21st century!

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: Siren
Posted 2012-06-03 01:59:15 and read 3237 times.

Quoting flyingAY (Reply 24):
It used to be elementary stuff to confirm your flight every time before flying, but come on - this is 21st century!

In an ideal world, I agree with you 100%

But it's far from an ideal world. Which is why I confirm confirm confirm, because I refuse to have a headache like the poor guy who this thread is about!  

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: ju068
Posted 2012-06-03 08:37:23 and read 3035 times.

Quoting Siren (Reply 25):
But it's far from an ideal world. Which is why I confirm confirm confirm, because I refuse to have a headache like the poor guy who this thread is about!

Yes but an airline like Turkish Airlines, which advertizes itself as a ''5 star airline'', should not force its passengers to ''confirm confirm''. Even less to torture them like they did to this passenger.

In addition to all of that, if the airline had not come forward with a public statement until now, it just goes to prove that they have indeed mistreated the poor guy.

Topic: RE: Photo's Man Has To Take Off His Legs On THY
Username: Skippy777
Posted 2012-06-03 23:24:12 and read 2761 times.

@ju068 I think you are correct, I still have no answer from THY and I am a journalist. If they don't want to or will reply 99% of the time it is because they have made a mistake. No communication is also communication we say. They had the opportunity to respond so I believe Mr Kersten de Jong


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