Cory Lee: Disabled travel blogger threatened with ‘TSA guns’ by Delta flight attendant in wheelchair queue

A disabled travel blogger claimed that Delta Airlines’ flight attendants threatened to force him off the plane after he insisted he would wait inside the plane until his wheelchair was brought to the gate.

Diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the age of two, Georgia-based blogger Cory Lee has spent most of her life as a wheelchair user.

The incident was reportedly traveling from Santiago, Chile, to Atlanta, Georgia on November 13.

Mr. Lee was waiting to get off the plane when he learned that his wheelchair was not on the jet bridge, then insisted on waiting inside the plane until he could reach it.

He claimed in an Instagram post that the crew was “immediately enraged” and asked him to disembark.

The accessibility travel blogger remained in place as his request fell under the Air Carrier Access Act, which allows a passenger to sit in their wheelchair until their wheelchair is brought to them.

According to the US transportation department, the law requires airlines to return wheelchairs as close as possible to the door of the aircraft if users request it.

Mr. Lee said it might take about an hour for his chair to reach the jet bridge, and explained that the aisle chair used to transport wheelchair users to their wheelchair was uncomfortable for him.

“It also puts me at risk of developing pressure sores,” he told Fox News Digital.

He said a supervisor was involved in the incident, which he claimed had asked him to get off the plane without a wheelchair.

“They were saying to each other, ‘He doesn’t want to get off the plane,'” Mr. Lee said.

“Believe me, I definitely wanted to get off the plane.”

He added that the controversy escalated after a flight attendant asked him to get out and wait for his wheelchair, or when the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) asked him to “get him off the plane with all his weapons and belongings”.

Mr. Lee told the point of sale that he “doesn’t want to give in to pressure. I know the law”.

“I’ve flown to Atlanta airport hundreds of times and they always brought my wheelchair to the door of the plane,” Lee wrote on Instagram, sharing a video clip of her interaction with the flight attendants.

“I don’t know why they were so determined not to bring it today and to threaten us with guns?! What’s wrong with that?!”

Minutes later, a “very nice and helpful” employee of Atlanta airport arrived and informed him that his wheelchair was on the jet bridge.

“I was relieved to see his help and kindness after being threatened with guns,” she said.

“I’ve had a lot of crazy travel experiences in 40 countries over the last nine years, but this was by far the worst,” he added.

“Delta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport needs a serious awakening (and VERY empathy).”

The airline said in a statement that the exchange in the video did not reflect the “high standard of care” Delta employees aspire to every day.

“We are reviewing what happened here and will follow up with the public as appropriate. Delta contacted this customer directly to learn more about their experience and to apologize further.”

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