Cancer patient returns to SFO after being kicked off flight

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ByDavid Louie KGO logo
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Cancer patient returns to SFO after being kicked off flight
ABC7 News spoke to a cancer patient who was kicked off a plane from Hawaii after a gate agent questioned her health.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A Northern California woman with cancer missed her chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday because Alaska Airlines refused to fly her from Hawaii to San Jose on Monday.

However, a stir in social media has prompted Alaska to apologize.

Elizabeth Sedway posted video of her and her husband as they were ordered off the flight because the carrier thought she was too sick to fly. Sedway had told a gate agent she was a bit weak from cancer. She has multiple myeloma, a blood disease. She also had put on a face mask. But she said she was fine to fly. She contacted her doctor, who said the same.

"I was hurt, then concerned about how will this look to other people and how would my sons feel. I was concerned they'd feel I was being hauled off to jail or something. Being pulled off an airplane that way, with uniformed people around," said Sedway.

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The Sedways are donating the refunded money to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

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