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Marine double-amputee’s treatment on Delta flight angers other vets
Wahsington Post ^ | December 13, 2012 | Annie Groer

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 Afghanistan’s 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....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: amputee; delta; humiliation; marine
This is disgusting that the Delta flight crew would treat a Marine amputee in such a demeaning and disgraceful manner. I want names of everyone employed by Delta on that flight - from pilot to flight attendant. They deserve to be tarred and feathered (metaphorically of course) but they deserve to be fired from their jobs. I want their names and their faces plastered out there in the news.

And I want that complainers name too.

1 posted on 12/14/2012 11:30:42 AM PST by el_texicano
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2 posted on 12/14/2012 11:32:25 AM PST by el_texicano (Palinista to the core!)
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To: el_texicano

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.


3 posted on 12/14/2012 11:35:56 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

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.


4 posted on 12/14/2012 11:39:55 AM PST by el_texicano (Palinista to the core!)
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To: el_texicano

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 you’d 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.


5 posted on 12/14/2012 11:42:20 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: driftdiver

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.


6 posted on 12/14/2012 11:44:14 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: el_texicano

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.


7 posted on 12/14/2012 11:45:15 AM PST by livius
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To: el_texicano

you did fine, as in cense as I am right now, I could not have posted anything that would have NOT banned me.


8 posted on 12/14/2012 11:46:27 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: el_texicano

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.


9 posted on 12/14/2012 11:49:06 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: el_texicano
from another source: Worse yet, according to retired Army Col. Nickey Knighton’s detailed “customer care” report to Delta, efforts by several fellow vets to shift Brown from coach to a first class seat offered by another flyer, were rebuffed by the crew. Flight attendants insisted no one could move through the cabin because the doors were being closed for takeoff, she wrote.
10 posted on 12/14/2012 11:50:55 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: el_texicano

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.


11 posted on 12/14/2012 11:51:25 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: el_texicano

Aren’t these flight attendants and pilots all-union?


12 posted on 12/14/2012 11:51:52 AM PST by LifeComesFirst (http://rw-rebirth.blogspot.com/)
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To: el_texicano

Thanks, good post.


13 posted on 12/14/2012 12:00:33 PM PST by Captain PJ (Are we there yet?)
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To: el_texicano

bttt


14 posted on 12/14/2012 12:12:11 PM PST by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: LifeComesFirst

Well, yes.


15 posted on 12/14/2012 12:39:40 PM PST by el_texicano (Palinista to the core!)
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To: el_texicano

I suspect melanin based racism here.


16 posted on 12/14/2012 12:47:47 PM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Good catch. My money is with yours.


17 posted on 12/14/2012 12:54:46 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: el_texicano

Today’s flying industries......so far above the rest of us!....../sarc


18 posted on 12/14/2012 1:04:21 PM PST by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Yyyyyyyyep, agree 99.999%


19 posted on 12/14/2012 1:22:02 PM PST by PeteePie (Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people - Proverbs 14:34)
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To: el_texicano
Considering most female flight attendants are postmenopausal harpies and the males are flaming twinks, I don't think many wounded veterans fare well while flying.
20 posted on 12/14/2012 1:40:22 PM PST by OldMissileer
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Considering most female flight attendants are postmenopausal harpies and the males are flaming twinks

BULLSNOT!

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?

Be honest.

21 posted on 12/14/2012 1:47:20 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: driftdiver

>>I’ve 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.


22 posted on 12/14/2012 1:51:36 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: el_texicano

This story sounds like one posted 6+ months ago...


23 posted on 12/14/2012 2:19:58 PM PST by Average Al
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To: el_texicano

It only took the Washington Post a year to find and spin the story?

What’s the MSM agenda?


24 posted on 12/14/2012 2:38:53 PM PST by PAR35
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To: FreedomPoster
Similar situation with me. I was on a US Airways flight, and had been bumped up to First Class due to my status in their frequent flyer program. An officer with the 7th Special Forces Group boarded late, and looked like hell. He was just coming back from Afghanistan, and he'd clearly been traveling a while. I offered him my seat, and he initially declined. When I insisted, and said "it would be my honor", he stopped his protests and took the seat. I gladly went back to Economy Class. After the flight, he sought me out and shook my hand - slipping me a challenge coin from his unit as his thanks before disappearing into the crowd. I keep it on my desk now.

The flight attendants had no problem with it, and I'd expect the same of any airline.FrontBack

25 posted on 12/14/2012 3:15:36 PM PST by Be Free (Benghazi: Americans died. Obama lied.)
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To: el_texicano

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.


26 posted on 12/14/2012 4:55:09 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: el_texicano
This time, the solution may be comprehensive sensitivity training for crew members.

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.

27 posted on 12/14/2012 5:05:11 PM PST by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: el_texicano
I was on a United flight to Hawaii with my parents and uncle in 1989. They wanted some drinks, so I ordered from the mobile bar as it came past. I gave the male flight attendant a $20. The amount came to under $10. He didn't have change so he said he'd bring it with the drinks. The drinks arrived. When I looked for the change, I saw he'd given me change for a $10 and not a $20.

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.

28 posted on 12/14/2012 5:14:22 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: el_texicano

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.


29 posted on 12/14/2012 5:15:20 PM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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To: LifeComesFirst

they merged with northwest, the delta attendants aren’t the northwest ones still were, last i knew.


30 posted on 12/14/2012 7:10:33 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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