War veteran told he can’t fly on plane with oxygen tank

August 9th, 2010 by Staff

(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – An 88-year-old veteran who flew planes for the country in World War II was told he was not allowed to board a Southwest Airlines plane.

He fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and just finished fighting another battle — as he finally arrived in Orlando.

Bob Simon rolled off his Southwest flight from Buffalo on Thursday night, he appeared exasperated. Flying requires extra patience with his oxygen tank.

Bob has been attached to the oxygen tank now for five years. He and his son Jay do a lot of flying on Southwest between Buffalo and Orlando.

A spokesperson from the airline told FOX25 that for bob to fly with an oxygen tank, there are procedures. The company policy requires a doctor’s note which includes a date of issue, a maximum flow amount that will work with the plane’s air pressure, and an acknowledgement the passenger knows how to operate the oxygen tank.

“Oh God, I wanted to cold cock them!” Bob said.

Watch Alison Bologna’s report to see how Bob’s story unfolded.

One Response

  1. Lisa

    Air tanks can be dangerous if he has flown with the carrier before he should know the requirements,on the other hand the carrier should keep a record of repeat flyers of his type.

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