Delta Airlines Held Accountable for Tying Multiple Sclerosis Patient to Common Chair

Delta Airlines has faced severe criticism after an Atlanta individual claimed that his mother with multiple sclerosis was tied to a wheelchair with a dirty blanket and ordered to be quiet. The victim claims that she was verbally and physically abused during the flight to Amsterdam and that the flight company refuses to acknowledge the incident.

Delta Airlines and Other Companies Reluctant to Improving Disabled Persons Conditions

The recent incident involving a disabled person comes to prove, once more, the unwillingness of some flight companies, Delta Airlines included, to improve the flying conditions for people with various types of disabilities, arguing that such improvement could cost billions of dollars.

Based on what Nathan Saliagas declared during his press appearance, his mother has been the subject of ridicule while on a trip to Europe.

Saliagas told the moderators that his mother, Maria, used to travel to Europe each year with his husband. Five years ago, traveling became quite a challenge for both Maria and her husband, as the woman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) which, unfortunately, meant that she was to be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

However, on the 1st of April, Maria and her husband booked two tickets to an Amsterdam flight, as not to break the family tradition.

Upon landing in Amsterdam, Maria and her husband were informed that the remainder of their trip could prove to be problematic, as the plane was not equipped with seating for disabled persons.

Nathan Saliagas declared that instead of making an effort, a flight attendant strapped his mother to a common chair, without back support, and tied her hands, legs, and torso with a previously used blanket.


Even more scandalous, the flight attendant tied the blanket so tight that it left bruises on the woman’s wrist.  The woman with multiple sclerosis was ordered to keep quiet, the flight attendant threatening to throw her off the plane if she did no comply.

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