Moment wheelchair-bound man told by Delta attendants he’ll be removed by TSA


This is the wild moment angry Delta flight attendants told a wheelchair-bound man the TSA would forcibly remove him from a flight after he refused to deplane because his wheelchair hadn’t been brought to the gate. 

Cory Lee, a Georgia-based accessibility travel blogger, had just returned to Atlanta from Santiago and was waiting to disembark when he learned his wheelchair wasn’t ready for him.

When Lee – who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy – told the flight crew he would wait until his chair was ready to disembark, he said they became irate and in a rage insisted that he leave the plane.

He held his ground however and because he knew the Air Carrier Access Act required the airline to allow him to remain on the plane until his chair was ready.

Lee blogs about traveling with disabilities, and posted video of the altercation on his Instagram.

Cory Lee, a Georgia-based accessibility travel blogger, had just returned to Atlanta from Santiago and was waiting to disembark when he learned his wheelchair wasn't ready for him

Cory Lee, a Georgia-based accessibility travel blogger, had just returned to Atlanta from Santiago and was waiting to disembark when he learned his wheelchair wasn’t ready for him

Lee said upon touching down in Atlanta from Santiago the flight crew told him that his wheelchair was not ready.

‘I told the airport crew and flight attendants that I would just stay on the plane until my wheelchair was brought to the door of the plane’ he wrote on Instagram.

‘They immediately got livid,’ he added.

The video showed a flight attendant telling a colleague ‘they’re not leaving,’ as a woman Lee was traveling with asked to speak with a supervisor.

When the supervisor arrived she told Lee the flight crew would be able to carry him down the aisle if he liked, but Lee refused as his wheelchair was still not at the gate.

‘They were talking to each other, saying, ‘He just doesn’t want to get off the plane,” he told Fox News. ‘Believe me, I definitely wanted to get off the plane.’ 

'They're going to come and they're going to make you get off the aircraft. They're gonna have their guns and stuff and they are gonna make you get off,' a supervisor, above, told Lee

‘They’re going to come and they’re going to make you get off the aircraft. They’re gonna have their guns and stuff and they are gonna make you get off,’ a supervisor, above, told Lee

The video showed a flight attendant telling a colleague 'they're not leaving,' as a woman Lee was traveling with asked to speak with a supervisor

The video showed a flight attendant telling a colleague ‘they’re not leaving,’ as a woman Lee was traveling with asked to speak with a supervisor

The supervisor left, and then finally came back and again asked Lee to deplane to get ahead of the TSA, who she said was coming along to take him off the plane if he didn’t leave.

‘They’re going to come and they’re going to make you get off the aircraft. They’re gonna have their guns and stuff and they are gonna make you get off,’ she could be heard saying in the video.

Lee said a member of the ground crew learned of the situation and quickly brought the chair up so that Lee could disembark.

‘The ground crew guy (Mr. Flowers) was very apologetic and found a way to quickly bring my wheelchair to the plane door,’ he wrote on Instagram, ‘After being threatened with guns, it was relieving to have his help and kindness.’

He said he was finally removed about eight minutes after the flight attendant’s gun comment. 

Lee blogs about traveling with disabilities, and published video of the altercation on his Instagram

Lee blogs about traveling with disabilities, and published video of the altercation on his Instagram

Despite suffering from spinal muscular atrophy, Lee has travelled extensively across the world

Despite suffering from spinal muscular atrophy, Lee has travelled extensively…



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