Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Stupidity has increased to epidemic levels in the world. 

It is not unusual to be subjected to stupidity from morons many times each day.

Some will say it's because the human being is dumbed down by technology and no longer has to use their shrinking brain cells.

I believe it is even more than that, a stupid person with NO common sense is the new norm in our world.

The rest of us are its victims.

Flying sucks, but it's got nothing on cancer. 

Unfortunately for Elizabeth Sedway, 51, of Granite Bay, Calif., these two ruinous things and a lack of common sense from Airline staff came together at once to make a severely unpleasant experience with Alaska Airlines.

She posted an emotional video on her Facebook page Monday showing her family being kicked off a packed plane.

Mrs Sedway, who suffers from multiple myeloma, a rare form of plasma cancer detailed her ordeal in a status update accompanying the short video, which has been shared nearly 10,000 times as of Tuesday evening

In the message, the mother of two explained that she was sitting in the handicapped section of a boarding area at Lihue Airport on Kauai in Hawaii, when an Alaska Airlines representative noticed she had put on a surgical mask to shield herself from germs and came up to her asking if she needed anything.

Mrs Sedway initially said she was fine, but when the airline employee approached her a second time, she indicated that she might require a little extra time to board the plane because she sometimes felt 'weak.'

The Sedway family eventually boarded the plane and were awaiting takeoff in their seats when an airline representative came on board and announced that the cancer stricken passenger could not fly without a note from her doctor.

In Sedway's video below, her husband dressed in a brightly colored Hawaiian shirt is seen removing their carry-on luggage and helping their sons out of their seats while his wife narrates their removal from the flight.

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'All these people are waiting, and I am being removed as if I'm a criminal or contagious because I have cancer,' she says.

'My family is being forcibly removed from an airplane because I have cancer and no note to fly.'

As the family of four walk towards the exit, Elizabeth Sedway breaks down and tearfully apologizes for holding everyone up.

One of the passengers tells the woman, 'God bless you.'

In an interview with NBC Bay Area, Elizabeth Sedway said the airline was concerned she might collapse during the eight-hour flight to San Jose, California.

After being asked to leave the plane, Mrs Sedway emailed her oncologist in California and he gave her the green light to fly, but she told the local NBC affiliate in a phone interview that the airline was not satisfied and refused to let her re-board.

Named and shamed: Sedway shared this photo of Alaska Airline staff at Lihue Airport on her Facebook page, identifying them as the employees whom she had to deal with during the incident 
Named and shamed: Sedway shared this photo of Alaska Airline staff at Lihue Airport on her Facebook page, identifying them as the employees whom she had to deal with during the incident 
The Sedways spent Monday night in a hotel in Maui, for which they were forced to pay out of pocket, and they returned home on a Hawaiian Airlines flight Tuesday evening.

Elizabeth Sedway lamented on her Facebook page that because of the delay caused by Alaska Airlines, she will miss two chemotherapy sessions, her husband will miss important meetings and her sons will miss school.

Damage control began from Alaska Airlines  after the Video went viral and the Airline later apologized to the family for mishandling the situation 

Earlier today, a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines told CBS San Francisco that the company apologized to Elizabeth Sedway for the inconvenience and for the way its employees handled the situation.

Alaska spokeswoman Halley Knigge, clearly prepared by the few not stupid people at Alaska Airlines, stated,‘her family’s tickets have been refunded and we will cover the cost of her family’s overnight accommodations in Lihue,’.

‘While our employee had the customer’s well-being in mind, the situation could have been handled differently.’

Indeed, yes the situation could have been handled differently but please don't insult the rest of us with the lie that the "employee had the customer's well-being in mind.


Alaska Airlines you are "Stupider than that" and your employees reflect the cruelty and ignorance of your Company. No amount of "damage control" by your PR person can change that as the truth.

Common sense does not require a person to be smart. It's not rocket science, it is a simple task that requires very few brain cells, to treat other human beings in a kind, helpful manner, the way you would want for yourself.

Being courteous and using common sense, it may be old fashioned to some, but it is a lot better than being stupid cruel.

Take a lesson from Mrs. Sedway who understands the true meaning of doing the right thing, she wrote in the a Facebook update early today that she plans to donate the refund.

She wrote: "As with most unpleasant times, there are silver linings, if we're determined to find them," she wrote. "Here, we plan to donate the airfare, to be refunded by Alaska Airlines, to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation – MMRF. Additionally, this airline will likely look at future events of this kind with increased wisdom and sensitivity."