Vanilla Air staff told Hideto Kijima that they would only let him onto his flight from Amami back to Osaka on June 5 if he could make it up the gangway unassisted, BBC reports.
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During the first leg of Kijima’s journey, his friends helped him board the aircraft.
But on his return employees said he was not allowed to receive help for safety reasons, and he proceeded to drag himself up the gangway’s 17 steps.
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