[nfbwatlk] NFB Cane-Related Airlines Incident

Cindy clb5590 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 25 22:53:04 UTC 2015


Hi, not considering any of the physical properties of a cane, sometimes when people challenge why I make certain choices, which are my choices to make in the first place, I compare it to being cited. Would anyone ask me to gouge my eyes out so that I could be more convenient on a flight? Absolutely not! That idea is preposterous. It's hard for me to understand why other people have  difficulty understanding why Id  like to  keep my eyes with me on a plane. Also, I literally don't understand how a cane is a security hazard or how it gets in anyone's way. If it fits between the seat and the window, it may slide down, which is annoying, however, what about everyone else's luggage and all of the crap that they keep in the seat pockets or on their lab or wherever else but nobody seems to care about? Perhaps someone can educate me on how cane is a particular security hazard on a flight.  Further, would it be ethical for someone to ask a guide dog handler to fly separately from there guide? Absolutely not! Yes, dogs are living things and certainly should be considered as such. However in this case, I do    Consider it a fair comparison to make.
I think we all have our fair share of issues that we are passionate about, and those that we don't care so much about. For the record, I don't personally mind too much about putting my came through the conveyor belt in the security line and taking an agent's hand to ground me between the Metal detectors so I don't run into them. But I recognize that some people really care about that, and I am not going to stop them from caring about it and from being assertive in a situation that warrants assertion. 

Cindy Bennett
1st Year Ph.D. Student, Human Centered Design and Engineering
University of Washington

clb5590 at gmail.com

Treasurer of the national Federation of the blind of Washington, an affiliate of the national Federation of the blind.

> On Mar 25, 2015, at 3:26 PM, Michael Forzano via nfbwatlk <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 
> Sitting in an exit row is against regulations, as far as I know,
> though I don't agree with it. Correct me if I'm wrong.
> 
> I'm all for standing firm on certain issues, but this one just doesn't
> seem worth it. As long as you know where your cane is and can access
> it if needed then what's the issue? I'm also curious what regulation
> states that a cane can be stowed next to the window.
> 
> Mike
> 
>> On 3/25/15, Mary ellen via nfbwatlk <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> Mike,
>> 
>> Your post has caused me to rethink my willingness to stow my cane overhead.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: nfbwatlk [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Mary ellen
>> via nfbwatlk
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:10 PM
>> To: 'Arielle Silverman'; 'NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List'
>> Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] NFB Cane-Related Airlines Incident
>> 
>> Stowing a cane in the overhead bin is certainly an acceptable option,
>> provided the bin is long enough.
>> 
>> Because of having been threatened with arrest more than once, and having a
>> flight cancelled because I refused to move from an exit row when sitting in
>> one was not against regulations, I'm a hard liner on this issue.  Though
>> I'm
>> willing to store my cane overhead if it defuses a controversy, I completely
>> support any blind person who resists having a cane removed when stored
>> according to regulations along the fuselage or parallel to the row of
>> seats.
>> (Mine will never be stored parallel because it's longer than the row.)
>> 
>> I will support anyone who insists on the right to lawfully stow the cane in
>> a position of his or her choosing, but I also completely understand and
>> support any blind person who decides to comply with arbitrary flight crew
>> demands.  When I flew Alaska last November, I chose to comply and complain
>> later.  I did it because doing otherwise would have created significant
>> problems for my daughter who was meeting my plane.  She would have
>> understood and supported me, but I made the decision I did.
>> 
>> Looking back on it, my hope that complying at the time and complaining
>> later
>> could serve an educational function was misplaced hope.  If I had been
>> willing to withstand the inconvenience, perhaps the education would have
>> taken place and Sushel wouldn't have had to undergo the horrible incident
>> he
>> faced.
>> 
>> We all do the best we can at any given moment.  I've stood firm and I've
>> caved.  I can justify either action; we almost always can.  Strategic
>> compromise can be valuable.  Unflinching courage also has its place.
>> 
>> -----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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