Skip to comments.Marine double-amputee’s treatment on Delta flight angers other vets
Posted on 12/14/2012 11:30:35 AM PST by el_texicano
On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistans Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger.
Last Sunday, almost exactly a year since those grievous injuries forced him to learn to walk on two successive pairs of prosthetic legs, Brown was humiliated to the point of tears on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington after being clumsily wheeled to the back row of the plane, according to a complaint sent to the airline by an outraged fellow passenger....
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And I want that complainers name too.
I don’t post very often, so if I have erred, please correct as needed.
There has to be more to the story. I fly Delta all the time and they are very respectful of vets.
I’ve seen multiple cases where they gave special treatment to vets.
And I hope more of the story comes out. Perhaps some others on Free Republic can ferret out more of this story. I cannot conceive that an airline like Delta would tolerate this.
Two other people in first class offered their seats to them, but were rebuffed and told they had to take off.
I read the article and it has this comment: “I have been flying with Delta for a gazillion years and this crew treated Chris worse than youd treat any thing, not even any body.”
But, I didn’t see what events or treatment of the Vet were so horrible.
This article really makes no sense. It is strong on emotional manipulation but very short on facts.
When I see a soldier in line at the food court or somethign in an airport I always pay for his meal and tell him thanks for his service.
I get way more out of it than they do, I guarantee that. But the grateful responses are very nice.
The story is very confusing. Delta is a Southern airline and usually great with vets, very supportive. They always announce when we have active duty military on board and we applaud and thank them.
you did fine, as in cense as I am right now, I could not have posted anything that would have NOT banned me.
I’ve never seen Delta refuse someone in first class giving up their seat for another. Of course I’ve only been on 72 delta flights this year so I’m sure I’ve missed some.
Story makes no sense on several levels.
1. I don’t see where the humiliation comes from.
2. He should have preboarded.
3. He should have arranged for a seat up front - he would have had several opportunities to do so.
4. He shouldn’t be flying with a 104 deg fever.
5. I’ve never seen a Delta employee disrespect a disabled person - ever, including myself when I’ve had to use a wheelchair to get on and off the plane.
6. I’ve never seen a Delta employee disrespect a veteran.
Aren’t these flight attendants and pilots all-union?
Thanks, good post.
I suspect melanin based racism here.
Good catch. My money is with yours.
Today’s flying industries......so far above the rest of us!....../sarc
Yyyyyyyyep, agree 99.999%
You don't do yourself, or whatever cause it is you're advocating, any good by posting falsehood.
When was the last time you boarded a commercial airliner? How many times have you done so in the last year? Five years? Ten years?
>>Ive never seen Delta refuse someone in first class giving up their seat for another.
On that note, we have an 82nd Airborne patch my wife was given by a guy she gave up a lay-flat Delta business class seat to. He was coming back from Afghanistan, told her after the flight that it was the most comfortable he had been in 6 months, said “thanks”, and gave her the patch. I don’t mind admitting I got a little choked up hearing about that when we got off the flight.
Normal policy is they don’t like you swapping seats between classes like that, but don’t seem to ever have a problem with it when it involves military. At least that’s what we’ve seen.
This story sounds like one posted 6+ months ago...
It only took the Washington Post a year to find and spin the story?
What’s the MSM agenda?
Flight attendents used to be pretty and really nice. Now they are union thugs. I stopped flying with the TSA’s sexual molestation program. As a nomral reaction for me, I might punch some stranger who grabbed by crotch.
No guarentee I would have survived bowing to the goose stepping, murdering freaks in Nazi Germany. America is “progressing” there as fast as the US government and Congress can take us. They need gun control.
Oh, God. This is what we've come to. Instead of an apology and discipline for the crew, we get modern-corporate-marxist-speak. "Sensitivity training" won't fix it.
I went back to the bar where he was and said the change was incorrect. He insisted I'd given him a $10; I said it was a $20. After a brief argument (that drew embarrassed looks from another attendant), I got my $10. I returned to my seat.
For the next hour and a half, this bozo bad mouthed me to every passenger on the plane on how I'd bilked him out of his $10. Finally I had enough and I went back to talk to this guy. I told him I didn't like him calling me a thief and I was complaining to the president of United. I wanted his name. He countered with, “What's yours?” I gave him my business card. Then I got his name and that of the attendant who'd witnessed this incident.
Several hours later, the male attendant came by with two bottles of champagne for us. He said he'd balanced his accounts and things came out to the penny — I was right after all. He apologized and I accepted. He didn't know how close he came to losing his job because I really intended to get his butt fired.
Few are trained with how to deal with a disabled vet.
The blind Marine CAP machinegunner I hang out with on occasion taught me a few tricks.
When receiving change, you count out the bills for him. You tell him, here’s a ten, here’s a five and three singles. He arranges the bills in his billfold as is his custom.
When hopping from one bar to the next, you don’t grab his arm. Allow him to take your wing and ditty-bop to the next watering hole.
Same thing when entering a home he is not familiar with. Let him take your wing (your arm) and show him where the head is. He’ll count the steps, when to turn and how to get there.
Your experience may be different, but let the disabled vet teach you.
they merged with northwest, the delta attendants aren’t the northwest ones still were, last i knew.