Woman crawls off plane in Bangkok after allegedly being told to pay for wheelchair

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A video has gone viral of an Australian woman crawling off an aeroplane that landed in Bangkok. The woman, Natalie Curtis, says the flight attendant told her she would have to pay to be wheeled off the aircraft to her wheelchair.

Curtis said she was offered a special wheelchair that fits in plane aisles when boarding her flight from Singapore to Bangkok. But she said that when she landed, she was told she needed to pay for this service.

Curtis refused to pay, saying she had never been asked to pay for this service before. Curtis’s friend was unable to carry her due to a knee injury, so she was forced to crawl down the aisle, she said.

In a furious post in a Facebook group called “Why We Hate Jetstar,” Curtis said she had “never felt so degraded in my life.”

The airline has apologised to Curtis, and has given her a full refund of her flight. Jetstar claims the incident was caused by miscommunication. Airline workers were informed that an aisle wheelchair was unavailable for at least 40 minutes after the plane arrived in Bangkok, according to 7NEWS.

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A Jetstar representative denied that the airline had requested payment for the service. The representative said…

“We are committed to providing a safe and comfortable travel experience for all our customers, including those requiring specific assistance… Regrettably, this was not the case for Ms Curtis following a miscommunication that resulted in the delay of an aisle chair being made available at the gate on arrival and we are looking into what happened as a matter of urgency.”

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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