HKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4362 times:
DJ is copping a lot of flak here in Oz for changing it's wheelchair policy, basically anyone with a disability who requires "help" in any way needs to have their own carer travel with them (& pay for their ticket also) otherwise DJ will deny boarding.
It sounds a bit over the top for me. With so much being done for people with disabilities it really does seem like a backward step by DJ.
It does to me too considering that A, many wheelchair users cannot afford or wouldn't want to bring a carer, and B, many wheelchair users are self sufficient save for the bump between the plane and the jetway and possible maneuvers in an emergency. Even though it is not actual descrimination, it sounds enough like it to carry the same stigma, and that's probably why it's taking flak.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13864 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4216 times:
There are some people whom can have some mobility without their wheelchair, but others that are totally immobile without one. This policy is probably to reduce having to make decisions on when to say yes or no to a person in a wheelchair. I would suggest to Virgin Blue that they be ready for some lawsuits or actions by the Australian anti-discrimination agencies.
UpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4042 times:
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2): There are some people whom can have some mobility without their wheelchair, but others that are totally immobile without one. This policy is probably to reduce having to make decisions on when to say yes or no to a person in a wheelchair.
Why would you have to say "no" in the first place...?