[Ohio-talk] Dayton airport

Cheryl Fischer c16a19f at sbcglobal.net
Tue Dec 2 22:48:27 UTC 2014


I've experienced helpers at various airports who wanted me to sit in a
wheelchair. Most became flustered when I refused. 

I usually say "I've been sitting a lot today and will be sitting even longer
once I get in the plane, so I really need to walk." 

One airport employee explained that the reason they seemed anxious and
needed me to get in the chair was because they were responsible for the
wheelchair, and so they couldn't leave it behind. I suggested that we put my
bags in the chair and that I would follow by holding onto their elbow while
they pushed the wheelchair along. This worked out fine.  

I recall one time that I gave in and allowed myself to be pushed to my
destination in a wheelchair. I don't remember the details, but I think it
was a situation where I felt that it would be cruel to give this particular
airport helper a hard time.  

Cheryl 


-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Deborah
Kendrick via Ohio-talk
Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2014 8:59 AM
To: 'Marianne Denning'; 'NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] Dayton airport

This is very surprising.  I have flown out of Dayton many, many times over
the past decade and never had the wheelchair conversation.  
Sounds like maybe you have just had the misfortune of running into one or
two ill-informed employees.  And those can pop up anywhere -- and do!

-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Marianne
Denning via Ohio-talk
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 9:24 PM
To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
Subject: [Ohio-talk] Dayton airport

I have been flying out of the Dayton airport lately.  Every time I have gone
through that airport lately I have been told they would get a wheelchair for
me.  I tell them I don't need a wheelchair but someone to walk me to the
gate.  The conversation goes downhill from that point.  I have not used a
wheelchair but they act like I have a bad attitude.  I don't yell at anyone,
I try to tell them in an assertive way that I don't need the wheelchair.
Has anyone else had a similar experience at the Dayton airport?  Could the
NFB of Dayton or another nearby chapter offer to provide training to the
different airlines and the meet and assist staff of that airport?

--
Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
(513) 607-6053

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