[nfbwatlk] NFB Cane-Related Airlines Incident

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Wed Mar 25 21:52:54 UTC 2015


Not me! No telling in a real emergency what the conditions in the overhead
bin will be like or how the items will have been rearranged by a crash.
Moreover, I want that cane down by me so if there's smoke and fire entering
the cabin, say, from a pool fire under the wings, I can stay down low to the
floor and have a better chance of getting out breathing passable air.

Remember, one only has some 90 seconds to get out of a burning plane before
survival becomes untenable.

Mike Freeman


-----Original Message-----
From: nfbwatlk [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Les via
nfbwatlk
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:40 PM
To: 'Arielle Silverman'; 'NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List'
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] NFB Cane-Related Airlines Incident

Ok I could live with that barely.

Les Fitzpatrick
Registered Piano Technician
Community Resource Coordinator AccessaMed
www.accessamed.com

-----Original Message-----
From: nfbwatlk [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Arielle
Silverman via nfbwatlk
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:28 PM
To: Debby Phillips; NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] NFB Cane-Related Airlines Incident

There's a third option people haven't really mentioned. You can put your
cane up in the overhead bin. I've done that a few times when either it
wouldn't fit by the window or the flight attendant mistakenly thought it
wasn't allowed by the window. Putting your cane up overhead pacifies the
flight attendants without making you lose access to your cane if you need
it. If asked to put it up, I stow it with the flight attendant watching, or
we stow it together, and I make sure it is close to my seat. I explain that
I want to be compliant but I also want to know where my cane is in the event
of an emergency.
This has always worked fine. Again, it's best to put it by the window, but
in the occasional event that putting it by the window presents a problem,
putting it up overhead is a good compromise. Just make sure it's anchored
behind another bag so it doesn't fall on your head when you go to take it
down.
Best, Arielle

On 3/25/15, Debby Phillips via nfbwatlk <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Julie, not ragging on you for giving them the cane, but when people do 
> that it does make it harder for those of us who don't want to give up 
> our canes.  I'LL gladly give it up if it won't fit between the wall 
> and the window, but I'm not giving it up if it fits.  It's illegal for 
> them to ask it, and I'm not giving my cane up.  Hopefully there will 
> be no incidents the next time ow have to fly Alaska.  Of course, I 
> still might only have my funky folding cane.  I remember reading 
> articles in old Braille Monitors about people refusing to give up 
> their canes and being arrested.  It's kind of like I won't leave a 
> restaurant when I have my dog just because somebody doesn't know the 
> law.  People have fought too hard for the rights we have to give up 
> our canes
> and/oor dogs.    Peace,    Debby
>
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