Crystal Kim, Cancer Patient, Denied Flight On Korean Air For Looking "Too Frail"

Posted May 10th 2011 08:15 AMUpdated May 12th 2011 11:23 AM

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Korean Airlines denied a woman with Stage 4 breast cancer a seat on a South Korea-bound flight because she "looked too frail," MSNBC reports.

UPDATE Thursday, May 12: The Kims are still hoping to get to South Korea. Kim told Seattle news station King5 that "I like America, but I want to go die in my country." Kim has been given 2 months to live and she wants to be with her family and buried next to her grandmother who raised her, she told the station.

Korean Airlines has still refused the Kims a flight. The Kims are now booked on a Delta flight on Thursday. Her daughter, Mimi, told the station: "I think we're going to fly to Seoul on Thursday. Definitely. It's important to stay positive."

Check out the Kim's interview here.

Tuesday, May 10:

Crystal Kim had a doctor's note from not one but two doctors saying she was OK to fly from Seattle to South Korea over the weekend, KING5-TV, a local NBC affiliate reports.


Yet a Korean Airlines spokeswoman Penny Pfaelzer said the carrier thought she might not be up for such a long flight, so they arranged a hotel until they could confirm "proper authorization."

Pfaelzer told the affiliate that other passengers would be "traumatized" if a passenger were to die while mid-flight.

Crystal's daughter, Mimi, told MSNBC that she wanted to take her her mom to South Korea for Mother's Day.

On Monday, the mother-daughter duo again went to a doctor to get a third note, but the airline would still not put her on a flight.

"It's absolutely ludicrous, heartless and unbelievable," Mimi Kim said.

In a stroke of luck, Delta agreed to fly the Kims to South Korea on Wednesday.


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