A passenger with a disability aboard a Virgin Australia flight has been forced to stand for three hours next to the toilet on an overnight journey from Perth to Brisbane.
The man who describes himself as a loyal Virgin Australia passenger and a frequent flier says he was stunned by the treatment.
Sam Cawthorn is used to adversity.
When he was involved in a major car accident in 2006, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
He was resuscitated but was left with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg.
His fused leg means that he simply cannot fit into any old seat on an aircraft.
The former Young Australian of the Year for Tasmania is also tall – at 190 centimetres he usually upgrades to business class when he travels but on this particular flight last Friday it was too late.
He told News Limited that when he boarded the flight and sat down, he realised that the seat wouldn’t work.
So he asked to be moved.
His new seat was located amidst a row of three empty seats but his leg, which doesn’t bend, was left stuck out into the aisle. He was repeatedly hit by the attendant’s trolley.