A British woman born without arms or legs is suing Air France, claiming she was told she could not fly because she has no limbs.
Air France has not commented on the claims
Adele Price, 42, claims an Air France employee in Manchester told her "one head, one bottom and a torso cannot possibly fly on its own".
Ms Price, from Mansfield, Notts, is suing the airline in a New York court and is seeking unspecified damages.
Air France was not available for comment on Saturday morning.
Ms Price was born without limbs because her mother took the drug thalidomide during pregnancy.
She said in her legal action she is able to control her wheelchair and has travelled by air on many occasions.
Her legal action claims she bought a ticket in 2000 to fly from Manchester to New York.
After she had checked in her luggage, she alleges the gate employee prevented her from boarding the plane.
She says she was allowed on another flight, but only after she paid for a companion to fly with her.
Ms Price claims she suffered emotional and psychological damage because of the incident.