Monday, October 4, 2010

Air Tran Fined For Discriminating Against Wheelchair Users

While the US Airlne Air Trans was finded $500'000 for discriminating against wheelchair users, the UK's Airline EasyJet is discriminating agains wheelchair users and getting away with it.

AirTrans was fined for violating:

rules governing assistance given to passengers during boarding, and that it frequently failed to provide an adequate written response to passenger complaints. The airline also failed to properly categorize disability complaints in reports it filed with the government.
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EasyJet, on the otherhand, refuses to take a wheelchair over 60kg, if it can not be disassembled.

'EasyJet welcomes more than a quarter of a million passengers with reduced mobility every year and we regularly carry powered wheelchairs, provided they can be collapsed into separate parts weighing less than 60kg each.

'EasyJet welcomes more than a quarter of a million passengers with reduced mobility every year and we regularly carry powered wheelchairs, provided they can be collapsed into separate parts weighing less than 60kg each. An EasyJet Spokesman says:

EasyJet welcomes more than a quarter of a
million passengers with reduced mobility every year and we regularly
carry powered wheelchairs, provided they can be collapsed into separate
parts weighing less than 60kg each.


Most power wheelchairs and mobility scooters weigh over 60kg and only some can be disassembled. Most airlines accomodate all wheelchairs regardless of weight.

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