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

Beth thebluesisloose at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 17:42:58 UTC 2009


That's funny.  I wonder why though every video I've watched on every
airline says you need to be able to "see" the exit of an exit row.
But oh well.  As long as I don't have o sit away from the exit or in a
bulkhead seat, I guess I'll be fine.
Beth

On 6/11/09, Jedi <loneblindjedi at samobile.net> wrote:
> Monika,
>
> The benefits to having sighted folks like you in our ranks are
> two-fold. First, you serve as a living example of the relationship
> blind and sighted people can share together: one free of dominance and
> one built in mutual trust and empowerment. Second, you have a unique
> ability to share our message with the sighted community in a way that
> your sighted peers will understand. Thanks for the work you and the
> other sighted folks do with us. We're honored to have you as part of
> our cause. Cheers.
>
> Respectfully,
> Jedi
>
>
> Original message:
>
>> And that is why I am glad to be a sighted member of the NFB. Even
>> though I knew that a blind person could do anything a sighted person
>> can before I joined, I have learned a lot more about how it can be done
>> since joining.
>> Monika Reinholz
>
>
>
>>> From: loneblindjedi at samobile.net
>>> To: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>>> Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 22:29:50 -0400
>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Air Canada challenges deaf, blind man's right to
>>> travelalone; Burnaby
>
>>> Beth,
>
>>> what your really dealing with is a psychosocial problem rather than a
>>> physical one. The sighted can't imagine how a blind person can safely
>>> opperate an emergency exit row let alone do much anything else because,
>>> in their world view, sight is a basic requirement for function and
>>> leisure. we know differently. sight is a convenience, not a necessary
>>> prerequisite. when a sighted person meets a blind person, their first
>>> thought usually is, "what would I do if I were in that situation? I'd
>>> be afraid and unable to cope!" Most sighted people don't recognize that
>>> they're suffering from a lack of information regarding blindness until
>>> you point it out to them. When they really understand that they need
>>> educating, most are open and willing to engage in the process. Those
>>> who aren't are experiencing good old-fashioned prejudice that spans as
>>> far back as ancient antiquitiy with the help of the blind prophet and
>>> the blind beggar. Sounds simplistic. Mostly, it's not, but that's the
>>> basic run-down of the thing.
>
>>> Respectfully Submitted
>
>>> Original message:
>>>> Ok. But most airlines say, "You must be able to "see" the exit." Why
>>>> is this and how can we justify being able to sit in an exit row?
>>>> Beth
>
>>>> On 6/10/09, Monika Reinholz <monika_r_r at hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>>>>> Actually, Jim's not wierd. Emergency exit rows are bigger than the
>>>>> others,
>>>>> therefore having more space for someones legs to be comfortable during
>>>>> flight. Even I prefer emergency exit rows even though Im ony 5'5"
>>>>> because
>>>>> its more comfortable for the legs. I can understand the kid rule they
>>>>> have
>>>>> for the row but I believe everyone knows what they can do best. If a
>>>>> blind
>>>>> person knows s/he can handle being in an emergency row, so be it and
>>>>> let
>>>>> them sit where they are most comfortable.
>
>>>>> Monika
>
>>>>> Monika Reinholz
>
>
>
>>>>>> Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 20:13:08 -0400
>>>>>> From: thebluesisloose at gmail.com
>>>>>> To: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>>>>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Air Canada challenges deaf, blind man's right to
>>>>>> travelalone; Burnaby
>
>>>>>> T's weird. What does height have to do with sitting in an emergency
>>>>>> row? It would be better for a blind person not to sit in those rows
>>>>>> anyhow because people ned to be directed from the aircraft visually.
>>>>>> Beth
>
>>>>>> On 6/9/09, Jim Reed <jim275_2 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>>>>>> Hey all,
>
>>>>>>> Another air travel related issue I just learned of is that blind
>>>>>>> people
>>>>>>> are
>>>>>>> not allowed to sit in emergency rows. I am tall enough to "need" an
>>>>>>> emergency row, so I guess I will hide my cane in the
>>>>>>> airport/airplane.
>>>>>>> BTW,
>>>>>>> I start cane travel training today.
>
>>>>>>> Jim
>
>>>>>>> "From compromise and things half done,
>>>>>>> Keep me with stern and stubborn pride,
>>>>>>> And when at last the fight is won,
>>>>>>> ... Keep me still unsatisfied." --Louis Untermeyer
>
>
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