World’s tallest woman takes her first plane flight after airline removes 6 economy seats to make it possible

  • The tallest woman was able to take her first flight after an airline removed six seats on a plane.
  • Rumeysa Gelgi, who is 7 feet tall, flew from Istanbul to San Francisco.
  • Turkish Airlines modified a plane to allow Gelgi to lie on a stretcher for the 13-hour flight.

The world’s tallest woman was able to fly on a plane for the first time after Turkish Airlines removed six economy seats to accommodate her.

Rumeysa Gelgi, who stands at 7 feet 0.7 inches tall, was named the world’s tallest woman by Guinness World Records last year.

Turkish Airlines adapted one of its planes to allow her to travel to San Francisco in September, removing six seats and replacing them with a special stretcher for her to lie on for the 13-hour flight, MailOnline reported.

Gelgi, 25, had never been able to travel on a plane because of her stature, caused by a condition called Weaver syndrome, which causes bone overgrowth, among other things. Even as a child, she was too large to fit in plane seats, MailOnline said.

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

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


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“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,” she wrote. “A heartfelt thank you to every single person involved in my journey.”

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

She was first recognized by Guinness World Records in 2014, receiving the title of world’s tallest living teenager. The organization named her the world’s tallest woman in 2021.

Gelgi also holds the records for woman with the largest hands, woman with the longest finger, and woman with the longest back.


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