Saturday, February 24, 2018

Air India stops disability activist from boarding flight

Coimbatore: Air India is facing the charge of stopping a disability activist from boarding a flight from Coimbatore to Chennai on Friday night stating that the aircraft was small and also the passage was too narrow to take the passenger up on a wheel chair.

Meenakshi Balasubramanian (40), coordinator of the Centre for Promotion of Social Justice with Locomotive Disorder, booked a ticket in the Air India flight departing at 8.45 p.m. on Friday. While booking ticket, she mentioned that she needed a wheel chair for boarding.

When she turned up at the airport, the airline authorities refused to offer her the wheel chair and also denied entry into the flight citing the small passage of the aircraft. They also reportedly told her that it was not safe to take her on the wheel chair through the ladder that connected the tarmac with the aircraft entry point.

Ms. Mennakshi told The Hindu that the action of the Air India was highly condemnable. They should have the facility to lift the passengers with disability or they should have refused to book the ticket.
24/02/18 The Hindu
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