Planely discriminated against

I use a walker. And as far as this airline goes, I probably should start walking:

The Equality Act as currently under consideration in the Senate does not have anything to say about this matter: it’s intended to stop discrimination against LGBTQ folks, and while that’s certainly a worthy goal, it’s irrelevant for the moment. Perhaps this is some other Equality Act.

5 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    23 June 2019 · 8:12 am

    I’m guessing this policy arose because there was exactly one instance of someone being put on a plane by relatives who was incapable of traveling on their own. So now everyone has to pay. Zero tolerance strikes again.

    (My father uses a walker and on a few occasions he’s been at restaurants or such where the waiter treated him as if he were someone whose cognition was messed up, not merely his knees. It’s maddening to see but I suppose on some level it was a lesson to me)

    though another part of me just wants to say “Forget it, Jake, it’s EasyJet”

  2. Dan T. »

    23 June 2019 · 8:33 am

    Since the person writing that is in the UK, it’s probably a law there.

  3. McGehee »

    23 June 2019 · 9:44 am

    Dan T. is probably right. Over here it would more likely be an issue under the ADA.

  4. McGehee »

    23 June 2019 · 9:45 am

    Anyway, in 1996 my one-legged mother flew unaccompanied from Sacramento to Fairbanks and back. I don’t remember which airline — either Delta or Alaska — but it was also, obviously, pre-9/11.

  5. nightfly »

    25 June 2019 · 2:21 pm

    The real issue in the airline’s response is that they cannot lend the necessary aid “due to health and safety rules.” So in essence the airline can get fined for helping but can get sued for insisting that someone who requires help not travel alone.

    I’ve had many a brawl with airline policies, but this one? It sounds awful but it also seems to be inevitable based on the ground rules. If they can’t help you and you must have help, then you must have a companion and they promise they’ll charge no more than you paid (rather than a premium to board).

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