It was bad for everyone when Jet Blue flights got stuck for hours on the snowbound tarmac Saturday in Hartford, Conn. But a handicapped man from Staten Island may have gotten the worst of it, to judge from a story in the Staten Island Advance.
Jimmy Brown, 32, of Huguenot, was trapped on that plane from 1:30 p.m. to about 10:30 p.m., in his wheelchair for most of the time.
The partially paralyzed man wouldn’t take any food or water because it would force him to use the bathroom. And when nature inevitably called anyway, using the restroom turned out to be just as impossible as he’d suspected. The facilities were clogged up, without any running water, and the aisle wheelchair didn’t fit. He had to use urological equipment.
Lucky he even had that, because he otherwise had none of his usual medical supplies, which he’d had to check as baggage.
Paralyzed from the waist down because of a diving accident, he couldn’t stand up and stretch. So he sat and he sat and he sat, until after about seven hours, “I kind of flipped out a little,” he told the Advance.
Police and fire officials managed to get on the plane within a half hour after that, and he was able to stretch out and lay down.
But after most of the other passengers were evacuated from the plane at around 9 p.m., he still had to stay there for another hour and a half because it wasn’t safe to carry him out in all the snow and ice.
The Associated Press said at least three Jet Blue planes were reported stranded at that airport for seven hours or more.