A GRANDMOTHER was booted off a flight by airline workers after she requested a sick bag earlier than take-off as a result of she was feeling dizzy.

Anna Stratakos, 72, was travelling from Greece to Canada when she was requested to go away the Air Transat airplane at Athens airport.


Anna Stratakos, together with her son George, was kicked off an Air Transat flight in Greece after asking for a sick bag[/caption]

The pensioner requested a barf bag as a precaution as a result of she was feeling light-headed when she boarded the flight to Toronto on July 12.

However Anna says over-zealous cabin crew assumed she was unwell leading to her being stranded within the Athens and having to fork out £620 ($800) for a brand new ticket.

The 72-year-old, who was visiting household in Greece, blamed a protracted taxi journey to the airport on her feeling barely nauseous.

She advised CBS: “You don’t know what occurred to me that day, what I’ve been by.”

When workers advised her she needed to go away the plane, Anna mentioned: “I’m not vomiting, nothing. I mentioned, ‘No no, I’m not sick.’”

Air Transat mentioned the pensioner felt unwell and “exhibited signs of dizziness and nausea.”

The captain contacted Medilink – a service which gives airways with medical assessments on passengers by phone.


Anna, proper, was flying again to Toronto after visiting household in Greece when she was requested to go away the airplane[/caption]

An airline spokesperson mentioned: “Medlink assessed that Mrs. Stratakos was unable to securely full the flight and suggested us that it was finest to disembark her.”

Anna was escorted off the airplane by airport safety when she refused to go away the plane.

She was given no medical follow-up regardless of the airline claiming they refer clients who’ve been eliminated for well being causes to a 24-hour hotline to assist them make new journey plans.

The grandmother was as a substitute directed to the Air Transat desk on the airport the place she was advised she must spend $800 on a brand new ticket for a flight taking off 4 days later.


The airline has apologised to the pensioner and supplied to refund her return ticket[/caption]

After being contacted by CBS final week, the airline lastly supplied an apology to Anna and her household – round 5 months after the incident.

The corporate mentioned that “given the inconveniences suffered by Mrs. Stratakos and any ensuing miscommunication that might have occurred,” it should refund her return flight.

Anna’s son George Stratakos, who initially lodged a grievance with the airline, mentioned: “I consider that Air Transat’s staff overreacted, and made overreaching selections.”

Describing the influence on his mom, George mentioned: “I can’t think about simply being thrown off a airplane.

“After we received house, she burst into tears. I imply, she was actually crying in regards to the scenario. She was embarrassed.”

Within the final eight months, one other 4 passengers have been faraway from three totally different airways for medical causes which they declare are unfounded, CBS has discovered.

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