A wheelchair-bound woman with no limbs sued Air France for discrimination on Friday, alleging she was kept off a flight by a gate agent who told her a “torso cannot possibly fly on its own.”

Adele Price, 42, a British citizen, sued the airline in Manhattan federal court seeking unspecified damages.



Price, who was born without limbs because her mother took the drug thalidomide during pregnancy, said in the suit she is able to manipulate a wheelchair and has traveled by air many times.



The suit states that she had bought a ticket in 2000 for travel between Manchester, England and New York. After Price had checked her luggage, she alleged that she was stopped by an Air France agent who told her that “a head, one bottom and a torso cannot possibly fly on its own.”



Price said in the suit that Air France let her take another flight to New York but only after she was able to get a companion to go with her. However, Price said she had to pay for the companion’s airfare and lodging.



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