Turkish Airlines removes 6 seats to fit world’s tallest passenger


Sopuruchi Onwuka, with agency reports

The world’s tallest woman, Rumeysa Gelgi who is seven-feet tall,  was able to take her first flight after The Turkish Airline removed six seats for her to fly from Istanbul, Turkey, to San Francisco, United States.


Rumeysa Gelgi, who stands at 7 feet, 0.7 inches tall, was named the world’s tallest woman by Guinness World Records last year. It was unclear whether the adjustment came with a cost. And Gelgi was to lie on a stretcher for the 13-hour flight.

Gelgi, 24, had never previously been able to travel on a plane due to her stature, caused by a condition called Weaver syndrome that causes bone overgrowth, among other things. Even as a child, she was too large to fit in plane seats.

She typically uses a wheelchair or walker to move around due to her condition.

Gelgi shared a series of images of herself on the journey on Instagram and said that it was “a flawless journey from start to finish.”

“This was my first flight, but it certainly won’t be the last. From now on, I will be very honored and happy to fly to different parts of the world with @turkishairlines. A heartfelt thank you to every single person involved in my journey,” she wrote.

Gelgi went to California to spend time advancing her career in software development and working with Guinness World Records, according to the MailOnline.

Gelgi won her first Guinness World Record in 2014, when she was recognized as the world’s tallest living teenager before officially becoming the world’s tallest woman in 2021.

She also holds the record for being the woman with the largest hands, longest finger, and longest back in the world.


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