A woman with cancer was kicked off an Alaska Airlines flight because she didn't have a doctor's note saying it was OK for her to fly.

Elizabeth Sedway, who suffers from a rare form of plasma cancer, was flying home to California from a vacation with her husband and two sons in Hawaii.

Sedway explained in a Facebook post that they were in the handicapped section of a boarding area at ​Lihue Airport on Kauai, waiting for their flight to San Jose. Sedway wrote that an airline employee saw her seated in the handicapped section, wearing a surgical mask to avoid airport germs. The employee asked Sedway if she needed anything. Sedway said she might need a bit of extra time to board the plane because sometimes she feels weak.

The Alaska Airlines employee called a doctor to examine Sedway. After she and her family eventually boarded the plane, an Alaska Airlines representative got on the plane and told Sedway that she could not fly without a note from a doctor stating that she was cleared to fly.

Sedway recorded a video of her family being removed from the plane (watch below).

"I’m being removed as if I’m a criminal or contagious because I have cancer, no note to fly," Sedway says in the video. "My family is being forcibly removed from an airplane because I have cancer, no note to fly."

"I was hurt, then concerned about how this will look to other people and how my sons feel. I was concerned they'd feel I was being hauled off or something," Sedway later said.

As a result of the flight removal, Sedway missed several chemotherapy appointments.

Alaska Airlines has since apologized for the incident. The company paid for the family's flight home and their hotel stay.

"[We] are very sorry for how the situation was handled ... While the employee had the customer's well-being in mind, the situation could have been handled differently," a statement from Alaska Airlines said.

Watch the "Fox and Friends" clip above.


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Today, we were at gate 8 ready to depart on Alaska Airlines for San Jose. An airline employee saw me seated in the...

Posted by Elizabeth Sedway on Monday, April 6, 2015


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