|Mani bundled in to the aircraft on a recline aisle chair|
I remember when I travelled with Mr. Samuel Mani, an entrepreneur friend with cerebral palsy to attend an official event at Bangkok during 2007, I was scared to see how inhumanly and mechanically the airline staff bundled Samuel on an aisle chair and dragged him to his seat. I tried to intervene, however, they paid no heed and said they handle people like this on daily basis and it was not wrong.
|Instead of first row, he was given a seat much inside|
I wondered why did they chose an aisle chair that did not support Mani's feet, chest and hands! And it seems after all the hue and cry and even after introduction of DGCA's CAR, the system has not improved at all.
|A typical aisle chair for use within the aircraft|
Air India defending wrong action: Disability rights activist
GAURAV VIVEK BHATNAGAR
Disability rights activist Anjlee Agarwal has taken a strong exception to national carrier Air India's claim that she was “not transported in a luggage-trolley” at Delhi airport recently and that she had been “assisted with standard aisle chair as used universally''.
Responding to the claim by the Corporate Communications department of Air India which on Friday stated that she was “extended all assistance as per industry standards” and “at no point of time she was transported in a luggage-trolley”, Ms. Agarwal said she was appalled that the airline was defending its wrong actions.