Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Activists seek protocol for disabled at airports

The alleged humiliation meted out to Paralympian Aditya Mehta, who was recently forced to take off his prosthetic limb and then strip down for a security check at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, has brought into renewed focus the need for a change in security protocol.
It wasn't the first occasion that Mehta had faced such hardships at an airport. Only two months ago, the security personnel at the IGI Airport had made him remove his prosthetic limb. After that incident, Mehta said, he had written to both the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) narrating his ordeal. He even wrote to the PMO, which informed him that the matter was referred to the ministry of civil aviation. Mehta said he was yet to hear from them. Following Tuesday's experience, Mehta took to the social media to reinforce his point. "I have been suffering with an injury for last 20 days with my stump and security officials only had to say 'it is your problem!'..." he wrote.
Founder of the Disability Rights Group, Javed Abidi, who suffered a similar treatment some time ago, said while security was a priority, rules relating to the disabled needed to be changed. However, the CISF, responsible for security at the airports, maintains that it is bound by rules set by BCAS.
18/10/16 Anvit Srivastava/The Times Of India