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Aviation Accidents

Posted On 10/03/12

Preventable Injuries to Disabled Airline Passengers

There are rules in place that are meant to protect disabled passengers, but with pressure on their profits, U.S. Airlines typically contract with outside companies for wheelchair services at airports.  These contractors often provide inadequate training in how to lift an immobile passenger and pay low wages leading to high turnover and poor service.  Many passengers in wheelchairs report that the attendants are unfamiliar with the seat belts or the braking system on the wheelchair, causing them to be jarred, tossed or even worse.  Other disabled passengers report that they are deprived of mobility assistance, leaving them stranded for long periods of time and disrupting their travel plans. A person...

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