Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Jetstar working on alternative boarding procedure for wheelchair users...

.after Paralympian Kurt Fearnley refused to be pushed through the airport and crawled to the plane boarding area.

Jetstar said it was its current policy that wheelchair users check in their personal wheelchairs as luggage, then have them pushed to the boarding gate in a wheelchair designed by planes by a staff member.

Fearnley, who just completed a 60 mile crawl in the Papua New Guinea jungle, chose the alternative of crawling as a protest after staff insisted on taking his personal wheelchair away from him.

The airline issued an apology and Paralympian Fearnley said he was happy as long as they are "going ahead" with an alternative boarding policy for disabled passengers.

Fearnley also won the NY City Marathon and is shown in his racing chair in the photo above.


FridaWrites said...

On behalf of those of us who would be unable to crawl but also absolutely unable to sit in a folding chair while waiting for a flight, thank you, Kurt.

Wheelie Catholic said...

Thanks for leaving this comment, Frida- hope you and your family have a good Thanksgiving.