[Ohio-talk] Dayton airport

Lisa Hall lhall007 at cinci.rr.com
Wed Dec 3 04:39:59 UTC 2014


Hi everyone,

I have traveled for many years and one thing that agivates me is that
whenever they see someone with a cane they automatically assume that I need
a wheelchair. I kindly tell them that all I need is to have someone walk
with me through security and help me get to the gate. I travel about twice a
year from 1995 until now.

This happens at both Dayton and Cincinnati airports.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Marianne
Denning via Ohio-talk
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 10:15 PM
To: Kaiti Shelton; NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] Dayton airport

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

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