[nabs-l] Air Canada challenges deaf, blind man's right to travel alone; Burnaby

Beth thebluesisloose at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 12:54:54 UTC 2009

Good point, Joe.  Before you know it, nobody will be able to travel alone.
It scks.

On 6/9/09, Joseph C. Lininger <jbahm at pcdesk.net> wrote:
> A friend of mine originally sent me this artical, and I replied to him
> with my thoughts. I've copied them in this message.
> I certainly hope that the deaf-blind person wins as well. While I can
> understand the airline's concern in some cases (someone who obviously
> can't take care of themselves or someone with a severe mental
> disability), allowing them to make asesments as to the ability of a
> person to travel independently sets a dangerous precedent. If they are
> allowed to arbitrarily decide that a deaf-blind person can't travel
> independently, then how long do you think it would be before they
> decided that about blind people? Or deaf people? Or the elderly? Or any
> other group that some ignorant and completely unqualified airline staff
> person thought was unable to travel alone?
> I also contend that there are able-bodied people that are allowed to
> travel alone, but who might have trouble in an evacuation for other
> reasons. Take a mother with three very young children for example. By
> young, I mean young enough they wouldn't be able to understand and
> follow safety procedures on their own. Let's say there was an emergency
> situation in which immediate evacuation was required. There is a good
> chance that the mother would be determined to evacuate the children
> before evacuating herself. There's nothing wrong with that as far as
> ethics go. However, there is the potential that her doing that would
> cause a disruption in the evacuation and may endanger other passengers.
> Do we say she's not allowed to fly too?
> Joe
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