Those of us who travel with wheelchairs know that airlines sometimes show a cavalier attitude when our wheelchairs are lost or broken.
Air Canada is facing Twitter rage after breaking beyond repair a 10 year old boy's wheelchair.
According to news reports, Tanner, who has muscular dystrophy, was sent to NY for a trip with his aunt through a twitter-organized fundraiser. When they arrived at LaGuardia, his $15,000 wheelchair was broken beyond repair. They were told they would be given a temporary wheelchair on Wednesday, but that didn't happen- they've been told they would get a loaner on Monday. So Tanner is spending his visit to NY in a hotel bed, without any wheelchair or hope that his own wheelchair can be fixed.
A charity run for Friday is planned called Tutus for Tanner, which he was supposed to attend. A private company is trying to get him a wheelchair and, according to this article, Air Canada has no comment.
UPDATE AirCanada had Tanner's wheelchair repaired and has returned it to him, also offering him a trip to Disney.