[nfbwatlk] Airline Discrimination Incident
k7uij at panix.com
Tue Apr 7 19:59:57 UTC 2015
I'm afraid you'd be surprised and chagrined by how many blind persons
*would* just wait, expecting airline personnel to come and get them.
Obviously, this makes no sense to us. But not every blind person in this
country has heard the gospel of NFB philosophy and I'd bet the airlines
would be scared silly of lawsuits arising from alleged lack of
responsiveness of air crew during an emergency.
I can tell you that *I* won't wait for evacuation help and I didn't wait
during drills at work, either. Very few at work got out of the building
before I did.
We've got education work to do!
From: nfbwatlk [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Arielle
Silverman via nfbwatlk
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2015 7:58 PM
To: Debby Phillips; NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List
Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Airline Discrimination Incident
It's so ridiculous that a lot of the arbitrary airline rulings seem to be
based on the assumption that we would just sit and wait in the event of an
evacuation. I think there needs to be better crew education on how we would
in fact evacuate an airplane. It's possible that some people who use
wheelchairs for mobility might have no choice but to wait (if they are
unable to crawl to an exit) but none of us who can walk would ever dream of
just sitting there until everyone else was off the plane.
On 4/6/15, Debby Phillips via nfbwatlk <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi Mike, I'll be happy to send a message to the NAGDU list and see
> what I get back. Personally I don't like sitting on the aisle,
> because I think there is more danger of my dog's feet or tail being
> run over by the galley cart, so I always ask to sit by the window, and
> indeed had to fight to get to sit by a window once on a United Flight.
> I had asked for window seating when I made my reservation and
> explained why, but they put me on athe aisle anyway. I refused the
> seat, and the United gate agent wouldn't budge. Then someone else who
> was working behind the counter said, "Let's move her to first class".
> So that's what happened. Lol. Having a dog on the aisle does leave
> little room for people to get by on their way to the lav, the flight
> attendants with their service carts, and all. But I'll check it
> out. Peace, Debby
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