He got kicked off a plane after he says he was told, “you’re too sick to fly.”
But the reason a lung cancer patient was escorted off an Allegiant flight may have nothing to do with his health.
Sunday morning, Fletcher Adair boarded an Allegiant flight to Springfield, Missouri.
Just like his trip to Florida, he had two oxygen tanks to help him breathe.
“I got three to six weeks to live, is what they told me eight weeks ago” said Adair.
On the phone from his home in Bella Vista, Arkansas, Adair, a stage 4 lung cancer patient, said he got kicked off his Allegiant flight after he put on a mask to prevent catching a cold.
“They come back and see the mask on and decide I was too unhealthy to fly,” he said.
He’d made it past ticketing and the TSA check point.
Adair had just visited his uncle in Bradenton, on a tour to see family in his final days.
“He just got bumped off an airplane that he thought he had a seat on. Because they flew him in with the oxygen tank and now they’re telling him, ‘you’re too sick to fly back,’” said Ron Montalbano.
Turns out, Allegiant, like many other airlines, prohibits passengers from carrying compressed or liquid oxygen. Adair had two tanks.
An airline spokesperson said the flight crew consulted with a company called Medlink to determine Adair didn’t have enough battery charge in his portable oxygen concentrator, so he had to get off the flight.
“I told her. I said, ‘look, I have nowhere to go. I have no money. I have, you know you need to put me on another flight,’” said Adair.
He took a cab to TIA and borrowed $530 to catch another flight, without his oxygen bottles.
His uncle in Bradenton thinks Allegiant bungled this one.
“This was a bad one. It happened to happen to my family. So now I have a bitter taste,” said Montalbano.
How Adair made it to Florida with the compressed or liquid oxygen is unknown.
It may have been overlooked.
Allegiant’s spokesperson said Adair got a refund for the untraveled portion of his trip.