The tallest woman in the world is finally flying – with some major adjustments

The tallest woman in the world is reaching new heights.

Rumeysa Gelgi, who is just over 7ft tall, made her first-ever plane trip after six seats were removed to make room for her.

The 25-year-old Turkey native flew from Istanbul to San Francisco in September and says she has now caught the travel bug.

“A flawless run from start to finish. It was my first plane ride, but it definitely won’t be my last,” Gelgi excitedly told her 19,600 Instagram followers of the 2pm trip. “A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been part of my journey.”

Gelgi shared several photos from the trip, made possible with the help of Turkish Airlines. The company removed half a dozen seats from its economy section and replaced it with a specially designed stretcher for Gelgi to lie on.

A flawless run from start to finish. It was my first airplane flight, but it definitely won’t be my last,” Gelgi enthused to her 19,600 Instagram followers.
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A snap shows the beaming brunette as she lies on the frame while posing next to the cabin crew.
A snap shows the beaming brunette as she lies on the frame while posing next to the cabin crew.
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A snap shows the beaming brunette as she lies on the frame while posing next to the cabin crew.

Gelgi says she plans to stay in the United States for the next six months and is currently sharing snaps from her trip through California.

Last year, the Turk was named the world’s tallest woman by the Guinness Book of World Records – but it’s far from the first record she’s set.

Gelgi is seen before she leaves.  His international travels made headlines in his native Turkey.
Gelgi is seen before he leaves. His international travels made headlines in his native Turkey.
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The fearless youngster is seen standing head and shoulders above the team that helped her on the journey.
The fearless youngster is seen standing head and shoulders above the team that helped her on the journey.
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Gelgi has Weaver syndrome – a rare genetic condition that causes bone overgrowth – and has been very tall since she was a child. In 2014, at the age of 17, Gelgi made the list of the world’s tallest living teenagers.

Meanwhile, she also has a number of other Guinness World Records to her credit, including the longest finger of a living woman (4.40 inches) and the longest back of a living woman. (23.58 inches).

Gelgi – who works in the technology software industry – usually uses a specialist wheelchair to get around, but is able to walk with the aid of a cane.

"I was born with extreme physical uniqueness, and I wanted as many of them to be recognized and celebrated as possible," Gelgi recently said.
“I was born with extreme physical uniqueness and wanted as many of them to be recognized and celebrated as possible,” Gelgi recently said.
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The fearless Turkish opened up about her records in an Instagram post in April, defiantly saying, “I was born with extreme physical uniqueness, and I wanted them to be recognized and celebrated as much as possible, in hopes of inspire and encourage others with visible differences to do the same and be themselves.⁣”