World's Tallest Woman Takes Her First Ever Flight

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Rumeysa Gelgi is the "world's tallest living woman" (Credit: Rumeysa Gelgi/ Instagram)

Rumeysa Gelgi has held the record for the "world's tallest living woman" since 2021. The 25-year-old, who stands just over seven feet tall, frequently travels to share her story. But never on an airplane! She is too tall to fit in a standard airplane seat! Gelgi also suffers from a spinal condition and cannot sit for long periods of time. But thanks to Turkish Airlines, she has finally experienced the magic of soaring high above the clouds.

The historic 13-hour journey from Istanbul, Turkey, to San Francisco, California, occurred in September 2022. Turkish Airlines removed six economy seats to fit Gelgi's custom stretcher. In the photos posted on Instagram, Gelgi is seen chatting with the airline staff and enjoying a delicious chocolate cake.

"This was my first plane ride," she said. "But it certainly won't be my last."

Turkish Airlines had to remove six economy seats to fit Gelgi's stretcher (Credit: Rumeysa Gelgi/Instagram)

The Turkish resident's first brush with fame came in 2014 when she was named the "world's tallest living teenager." Gelgi broke the record for the "world's tallest living woman" in October 2021. She collected three more records in February 2022. They include the "largest hands on a female person," the "longest finger on a female person," and the "longest back on a female person."

Gelgi's remarkable physique is caused by a rare genetic disorder called Weaver syndrome. People with the condition are usually very tall and have unique facial features. Other symptoms include limited mobility of the joints (such as elbows and ankles). They are also prone to falling. Due to her condition, Gelgi primarily relies on a wheelchair to get around.

Gelgi received VIP treatment on the plane (Credit: Rumeysa Gelgi/ Instagram)

Gelgi often receives hurtful comments about her unusual appearance. But the 24-year-old has learned to be proud of her differences. She says, "Every disadvantage can be turned into an advantage for yourself so accept yourself for who you are, be aware of your potential and do your best."

Resources: CNN.com, Guinness World Records, Traveller.com.au, Newsweek.com

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  • bambek400481
    bambek400481about 18 hours
    huh thats weird becasue i never am bullied by my height i think it is because i am average hieght for 6th graders surprising i am actually pretty tall for 6th grade well i feel bad for people who are small or tall
    • prettygirl102
      prettygirl102about 20 hours
      So glade you got to take your first flight!!🛫✈
      • prettygirl102
        prettygirl102about 20 hours
        I'm 12 and 6'1
        • jihywahuropo
          jihywahuropoabout 24 hours
          Iam 6'10 and iam 10
          • jasmine135
            I'm only 5'7 and I'm in 5th grade I thought I was tall!!!
            • emealew8614
              I am 10 I am 5.11
              • sozecekyrara
                I am in 4th grade I am 5'10
                • scarlet13
                  scarlet132 days
                  She is amazing👍!!!!!! You are so,so,so, pretty!!! I'm so glad that you got to take your first flight!!!🛫 And keep being you!!!!!!
                  • snowflake101
                    Wow she is amazing!!!! its so mean how people can be mean to people who is small and tall it's just rude!! And some people can be so nice like the people who took out six seats for her!! And Im always bullied because I'm so short.people always call me "small shot " And " short miss Short " I'm so tried of it I'm only 12 and 5"6 and every one else is around 5"9-6"3 I'm always the smallest in my class. So I kinda fill bad for her because she is tall and people probably bully her like people bully me.
                    • aryanarora
                      I'm in 4th grade and I'm 5.2 feet