Date
18 December 2017
Janos and Vilma Soltesz were said to have been sent across Europe by the airlines in their search for flight accommodation. Photo: Mail Online
Janos and Vilma Soltesz were said to have been sent across Europe by the airlines in their search for flight accommodation. Photo: Mail Online

Widower settles with airlines in fat-wife lawsuit

A man has agreed to a US$6 million settlement from three airlines that barred his late wife from flights because she was too fat to fly.

Janos Soltesz, 57, settled his wrongful death lawsuit against the carriers last mont, according to Mail Online.

Vilma Soltesz died at the couple’s holiday home in Hungary after she was not allowed to fly back to New York City by Delta, KLM and Lufthansa in 2012.

The suit said the couple were sent across Europe in October 2012 by the airlines which ultimately caused Soltesz’s death, the report said.

Soltesz, who was morbidly obese at 407 pounds, was also wheelchair-bound by an amputated leg and suffered from diabetes and kidney disease.

She was found dead at the age of 56 at her vacation home in Hungary in October 2012, days after several aircraft crews repeatedly failed to accommodate her size despite telling her they could do so, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan last October.

The couple left their Bronx home in September 2012 on a Delta Air Lines plane, securing two seats for Vilma and one for her husband. The couple arrived safely in Budapest, the report said.

On Oct. 2, 2012, Soltesz sought treatment at a hospital in Hungary when she fell ill. She was released and told she could fly home but to see her doctor immediately upon her arrival.

The pair tried to leave Budapest two weeks later on a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight, with seats similar to what they had on their flight from the United States, according to the suit.

But a captain told them to disembark after Soltesz struggled to maneuver from her wheelchair into her assigned seats.

After waiting in a Budapest airport for more than five hours, the couple drove to Prague to catch a Delta flight they were assured could accommodate them.

But Delta did not have an adequate wheelchair to transport Vilma Soltesz to her seat.

On Oct. 22, as several medics and firefighters helped her board a Lufthansa flight, the captain told the couple they had to disembark because other passengers needed to catch a connecting flight and could not be delayed further, the lawsuit says.

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