His wife, the 425-pound Vilma Soltesz, was in her native country of Hungary visiting family, reports The New York Post. She’d flown there on Sept. 17, having purchased two tickets to accommodate her size. She planned to return home in October, for which she again purchased two seats. Vilma was returning home for medical treatment related to diabetes and renal disease.
On arriving at the airport, however, the airline would not let her board, as she was “too fat to fly.” Overall, she attempted to fly with three carriers: Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL), KLM (PINK:KLMR) and Lufthansa (PINK:DLAKY). All of them said that they could not safely carry her home. Stranded without access to treatment, Vilma died on Oct. 24.
Janos Soltesz is planning to sue all three airlines for his wife’s death. According to his attorney, the suit will be filed next month in Manhattan and will seek a total of $6 million in damages.