Long Lines Lead to Rise of Wheelchair 'Miracles'

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Wall Street Journal: Long Lines Lead to Rise of Wheelchair 'Miracles'

    It happens regularly, airport officials say. A traveler requests a wheelchair, gets pushed to the front of the security line and screened—and then jumps up out of the chair and rushes off into the terminal. "We call them 'miracles.' They just start running with their heavy carry-ons," said wheelchair attendant Kenny Sanchez, who has been pushing for more than 14 years.


    At Los Angeles International Airport, airlines and companies that provide wheelchair service estimate 15% of all requests are phony, said Lawrence Rolon, coordinator for disabled services for Los Angeles World Airports. Airport officials estimate nearly 300 wheelchair requests a day are bogus. "It's just a big mess,'' Mr. Rolon said. "Abusers are really impacting the operation.''

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  2. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    Well, when you turn the system into a game, expect people to game the system...
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  3. Agreed. I support any and all efforts to game this particular system.
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