The report still leaves me with a couple of questions:
How did the airline know he was dying? OK, he was in a wheelchair and sedated. I don’t see that as unusual. Do you need to fill out some kind of detailed paperwork if you are in a wheel chair? Hippa laws prevent an outside entity from asking about a patients detailed medical information, so someone would have had to have told them.
I am assuming they were concerned about his condition when they observed him in his wheelchair and probably other hints that he was far less than healthy—-
An Allegiant spokeswoman confirmed that Hill was denied boarding. She wrote in an e-mail that the pilot had concerns about Hill traveling, and he contacted MedLink, a third-party company that provides medical opinions to determine whether airlines passengers are medically fit to fly.
“After consulting with [MedLink], it was determined that it would be prudent if the customer did not fly on the flight,” the spokeswoman wrote. She did confirm the Hills received a full refund for the tickets.
I am assuming he wanted to make the trip again as a dying wish to feel less incapasitated by illness for the last time—-
Why did the man visit his brother if he was so sick? Why didn’t the brother go visit him? Did his doctor actually approve that long car ride in his condition? Did the family really think that it was a prudent move?
I doubt doctors were advised but when your time to this life is limited, you just want to make the best of what time is left to you
Don’t get me wrong, I think this was horrible. But something in the report is missing. I have a hunch that it’s a case of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, but the customers told too much. If they hadn’t shared so much information and something happened to the man on board the flight, then the airline could always so that they were unaware of the condition and wouldn’t have allowed him to fly had they known. However, they DID know and had something happend on board, they would be open to lawsuits and other scrutiny. They apparently had enough information that guidelines required them to contact a third party for advice. I’m betting the pilot was required to follow that advise.