[Ohio-talk] Dayton airport

Marianne Denning marianne at denningweb.com
Wed Dec 3 03:14:34 UTC 2014


Deanna, correct me if I am wrong but I thought if you had a folding
cane they could visually inspect you did not have to let them take
your cane.

I think we can learn from the airports and they can learn from us and
it will make travel better for everyone.  As long as a family member
or friend escort you back to the gates there shouldn't be any
problems.  As I said, I have usually been pleased with the Dayton
airport.  It has only been the last few trips where I have had
challenges.

On 12/2/14, Kaiti Shelton via Ohio-talk <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> I wonder if such a demonstration or training would be received well by
> the Dayton Airport.  I know Cincinnati did something similar at CVG,
> and I have nothing but positive things to say about my experiences,
> although limited, with that airport.  When going to National
> Convention and coming home from it last summer, I had more trouble in
> the Orlando airport where all the blind people were converging, and no
> problems whatsoever with CVG.  I was especially impressed when in
> security they said, "We'll have to scan your cane with your other
> belongings, but we have another one you can take through the metal
> detector with you."  I did end up borrowing the airport's cane and
> traded the TSA worker at the end of the scanners for my own cane.  I
> have to question why, if they do have to take the person's personal
> cane for security measures, why don't all airports offer loaner canes
> to blind travelers?
>
> I'm especially interested in this, as I had to provide two separate
> airports as potential departure and return airports for my trip to
> Jamaica next summer.  I listed Dayton as my second choice, so it's
> probably a 50-50 shot that I'll fly out of there instead of
> Cincinnati.  If efforts are taken to educate the airport staff at any
> point I would love to help out.
>
> On 12/2/14, Cheryl Fischer via Ohio-talk <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> 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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>
> --
> Kaiti Shelton
> University of Dayton 2016.
> Music Therapy, Psychology, Philosophy
> President, Ohio Association of Blind Students
> Sigma Alpha Iota-Delta Sigma
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Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
(513) 607-6053



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