Victory for Disabled Air Passengers
I never knew airlines could turn away disabled passengers, but discovered they could in the U.K. prior to last week, when a new law went into effect making it illegal to turn away people with either a temporary disability, like a broken leg, or a permanent disability, like the sort that makes someone dependent on a wheelchair.
A London Times story about the new law noted that RyanAir in fact had a policy stipulating that the airline would take no more than four disabled passengers per flight. If a fifth turned up, the policy was to turn him or her away. The policy wasn't clear on what airline personnel considered "disabled."
No cap was set for a fine if airlines disobey the rule.
Makes you wonder -- what are the rights of the disabled in other countries vis a vis handicaps and airlines? Anyone ever heard of that being a problem elsewhere?
By Cindy Loose |
July 30, 2007; 8:57 AM ET
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