Airlines cure the lame with "miracle flights"

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    CBS Local Houston: Scammers Using Wheelchairs To Skip Airport Lines Legally

    A wheelchair request can put you at the front of a long airport line. Or, at least, that’s the angle some fully-abled passengers are using to cut through the winding queues at airport security checkpoints, the New York Times reported. According to the 1986 Air Carrier Access Act, airlines are required to accommodate disabled travelers — who need not show any proof of disability — free of charge. And this isn’t news to airport staffers ...

    The tactic even spawned a new term among flight attendants: “miracle flights.” Where passengers use wheelchairs to board but abandon them when their planes land. Kelly Skyles, the national safety and security coordinator for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, told the Times she believes travelers shed their wheelchairs because passengers in wheelchairs are the last to leave the plane. “Not only do we serve them beverages and ensure their safety — now we’re healing the sick,” said Skyles, who is also a flight attendant.
     
  2. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    If you need a wheelchair you should have a doctor's note if people are using them just to get to the front of the line. There are instances, however, where having a condition that would necessitate using a wheelchair isn't apparent. My husband had a stroke last November and also had a trip planned to visit our daughter for her 40th b'day a few weeks after. Looking at him you wouldn't think there was anything wrong with him but his doctor would only give him the ok for the trip if he used a wheelchair in the airport to cut down on fatigue from walking too much. Being a retired Marine he was not happy about this but followed his doctor's instructions. He was more than able to stand going through security - just needed the wheelchair to get there and to his gate.
     
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Federal law precludes asking for evidence of a disability. If you say you're disabled, the airline has to honor that request.
     
  4. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Who wants me to lay my healing hands on you? :eek::p

    This is nothing new, and a lot of it comes from older people being dropped off by someone who asks for a wheelchair. After landing in Florida, they just don't want to sit on the plane any longer than they have to.
     

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