'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller slams American Airlines after falling during wheelchair transfer at airport
'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller slammed Americal Airlines on Sunday after she fell from a wheelchair during a transfer at an airport in Pittsburgh, according to reports.
The reality television star took to Instagram to express her displeasure, saying that it would have been nice if the gate supervisor had asked her if she was okay after the fall. She stated that the fall occurred while she was switching from the aisle chair to a wheelchair at the airport.
"The move should’ve happened on the bridge like usual and not in front of a hundred ppl waiting to board,” she said. “I shouldn’t have had to ask for someone to call the paramedics and maybe the @americanair Gate Mgr should’ve at the very least asked if I was ok?” Miller added.
Miller, who has reportedly spent over a year in wheelchair, announced this spring that she beat a rare form of cancer called Burkitt lymphoma. The television star also recently said that she hopes to start walking by September this year.
Reports state that American Airlines contacted Miller to apologize for the incident, saying that they were very concerned by the issues raised by the star.
"We are concerned by the issues raised by Ms. Miller regarding her recent experience at Pittsburgh International Airport and are working with our contracted special assistance vendor to review the incident," the airline said in an emailed statement.
Miller's travel woes continued on Tuesday as she took to Instagram again to write that United Airlines broke her wheelchair. However, she noted that an airline employee "was wonderful" and was getting the wheelchair fixed, according to People.
American Airlines was recently under fire after a 37-year-old African American doctor from Houston, Texas, it of racism after she was asked to cover up on a flight. Tisha Rowe said that she was asked to deboard at Kingston, Jamaica and told that she would only be allowed to re-board when she had covered up her "assets". Rowe then took to Twitter to talk about her experience and shared photos of her allegedly inappropriate outfit.
"So American Airlines just told me I couldn't board the flight without putting a jacket over my ASSETS. My shorts covered EVERYTHING but apparently was too distracting to enter the plane," her first tweet read, "I guess that's why they are AMERICAN airlines", she wrote on Twitter, sparking outrage online against the airlines.
The firm, however, after public outrage, issued an apology to Rowe on Wednesday.