By: Steve Dellar | 05-02-2018 | News
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Florida - Airline Finally Waves $36k Bill For Mother of Parkland Victim

Two months after the tragic shooting at Parkland High School, Ms. Linda Schulman claims she finally got ‘the compassion’ she was looking for as the airline company from whom she chartered a flight to get home as quickly as possible agreed to waive the fee.

Mr. Schulman, the mother of beloved teacher Scott Beigel, one of the 17 victims of the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was visiting New York when she saw on the news that a shooting had taken place in the school where her son worked.

Upon hearing that ‘a geography teacher and cross country coach had been shot’, she didn’t hesitate a second and did what probably any mother would do in a situation like this, try to get home by all means. With no commercial seats available, she chartered a small plane from Talon Air, Inc. without inquiring about the price detail so she could check on her son, Mr. Scott Beigel.

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By the time she landed, he had unfortunately passed.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“This matter would never have been resolved had I not gone to social media,” Linda Beigel Schulman, mom of Parkland teacher Scott Beigel, told me. Story w/ <a href="">@schwartznewsNY</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Rachelle Blidner (@RachelleBlidner) <a href="">2 May 2018</a></blockquote>

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Still, in mourning, she received the bill a few days later, for $36,000.

Ms. Schulman explained: "Even though I had never chartered a plane before, I knew it was going to be super expensive."

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"It didn’t matter what the cost, I had to get to my son! Talon Air, Inc. not only charged us $18,229.57 one way, they charged us another $18229.56 to bring the plane back to Farmingdale because they did not have anyone wanting to charter the plane back from Ft. Lauderdale."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="">@TalonAirInc</a> <a href="">@TalonAirJets</a> you should be ashamed of yourselves. <a href=""></a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#msd</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#neveragain</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MarchForOurLives</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#lindaschulman</a> May your son’s memory be a blessing.</p>&mdash; Alyssa Siegel (@alyssasiegz) <a href="">1 May 2018</a></blockquote>

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She tried to negotiate with the bookkeeping department of the company, but it was in vain. They only agreed to waive $2,000. On Monday she told her story on Facebook from where it was spread multiple times, with people all across the US expressing their outrage and disgust.

Yesterday she finally received the news she was hoping for, an email from the owner of the airline, Mr. Adam Katz,

He offered to return $18,000 and also make an $18,000 donation to the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund.

Mr. Katz apologized on behalf of his company and stated he only learned about the issue through Facebook. "No parent should have to go through what you and so many other parents have endured," he wrote. "My heart goes out to each and every one who has suffered so much pain, anguish, and loss by virtue of this senseless act of violence."


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Anonymous No. 24816 2018-05-02 : 10:22

Seriously people…

"SHE chartered a small PRIVATE plane from Talon Air, Inc. without inquiring about the price detail so she could check on her son…"


Also just I guess checked for :

Flights from Rochester, NY (ROC) to Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

Flights from New York City, NY (all airports) to Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany all flights to NYC Newark and Philly every few hours.

All she had to do was drive 45 to 60 min to an airport and flight non-stop or with 1 connection. Then land <40 miles within the Parkland HS location, all for under $500 with same day purchase.

Sorry no excuse for a wild hair up her __ in a DO IT NOW PANIC.

She has screwed the Private Plane company out of rightful $$$$$ by her Media Blackmail and abusing the situation to "get her way".

Nancy Stephens-King No. 24825 2018-05-02 : 12:50

I guess Anon 24816 never lost a child. You don't THINK right at a time like that. Did you miss the part where he passed away? You sound soulless!

Anonymous No. 24833 2018-05-02 : 15:04

Having a child die is a very tragic thing but tragic things happen every day. When my dad died I didn't get back in to see him because I was 200 miles away and there were speed limits. I guess I could have ignored consequences and gotten back but I didn't. When my 25-year-old wife died I could have chartered a private plane to Mayo and tried to screw the airline out of the fare but I didn't, I book another flight ASAP and PAID the Bill.

She didn't care what it cost until she got the bill. I understand that she was upset about the return charges but that is not uncommon in the transport business.

I have to agree with an earlier comment "She has screwed the Private Plane company out of rightful $$$$$ by her Media Blackmail and abusing the situation to "get her way"." Can the private carrier go back and tell the fuel company they didn't understand and get the money back? Can they tell the pilot they weren't getting paid and the gov't they weren't paying taxes on those wages? Can they get a refund on their workers Comp or other insurance for that flight? They had out of pocket costs for something that was not their fault and a women who got the benefit didn't pay a thing.

Anonymous No. 24835 2018-05-02 : 15:07

Even with a crisis one still has a responsibility for the fees they incur trying to get home, away ect. Why should a private company eat the costs. Yes its sad and just about anyone would do whatever they can to be with the person, but the private charters are not just sitting around waiting to haul people one way immediately for free.

Here is my experience with a crisis even though most people would think its nowhere as important but I don't have children and he was my 1st dog.

My dog had a rare disease that reared its ugly head when my boy was 7 years old. He was the best dog I have ever had and my 1st so I wasn't about to let him die if there was a chance to save him. Well long story short he had a flare-up in the middle of the night and the need for emergency care. We drove him 4 hours to the nearest emergency vet with his medical reports so they knew what they were up against. The 1st order of business was a $6500 charge on my credit card to cover the treatment. See they had people like me that were not willing to loose their pet as well but didn't have the means to pay for the services so their policy was to pay extra up front and if the treatment was less they credited you back. That night was $4500 but all said he cost us $16,500 before we realized we were being selfish and he was suffering because of it.

Going forward I am pretty sure that charter will require payment up front, as they can not afford to loose that much $$ on a regular basis.

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