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JAL To Offer Bamboo Wheelchairs  
User currently offlinebreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1915 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

JAL got the idea to replace the standard metallic wheelchairs by bamboo ones.
The purpose is to avoid the inconvenience caused by metal detectors at airports.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101222...airlinecompanyjalwheelchairoffbeat
Quite a bright and thoughtful idea.

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User currently offlineteme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
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I like that idea. It eases the task of the security agents when some one that needs wheelchair is passes the security checkpoint.  


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User currently offlinebluewhale18210 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

I doubt it. I have yet to seen a WCHR pax go through metal detector on the first go...to quote George Clooney in "Up in the Air" (I LOVE that movie): "They never seem to realize how much metal they have on their bodies."
Wheelchairs themselves are not the issue here.



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User currently offlinebreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1915 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Quoting bluewhale18210 (Reply 2):
Wheelchairs themselves are not the issue here.


I do not quite agree with you.
With the existing wheelchairs, the impeded person must go off the chair to pass through the detector gate.
Removing this inconvenience is definitely a plus.


User currently offlinebluewhale18210 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

Quoting breiz (Reply 3):
Removing this inconvenience is definitely a plus.

Do realize that the metal detectors are pretty narrow...not any wider than an aircraft aisle and for a wheelchair to fit into the portal it needs to be pretty narrow as well, thus sacrificing comfort.
Then the person on the wheelchair needs to empty his pocket, take off his shoes (for US-TSA), take the belts and jackets off, etc. and most of them are hard to do sitting down, so he needs to stand up, take articles off and put them on the X-ray machine, sit down, then get pushed through. And if he doesn't pass the first time he needs to be wheeled back, stand up again, put more article on the belt, sit down, then get pushed through again. To me there isn't much time saved here but I will acknowledge the spirit behind driving the improvement though.



JPS on A300-600RF A319/320 B737-400/800 B757-200F B767-300F CRJ-200/900. Looking to add more.
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