[nfbwatlk] NFB Cane-Related Airlines Incident

Arielle Silverman arielle71 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 25 21:28:20 UTC 2015

There's a third option people haven't really mentioned. You can put
your cane up in the overhead bin. I've done that a few times when
either it wouldn't fit by the window or the flight attendant
mistakenly thought it wasn't allowed by the window. Putting your cane
up overhead pacifies the flight attendants without making you lose
access to your cane if you need it. If asked to put it up, I stow it
with the flight attendant watching, or we stow it together, and I make
sure it is close to my seat. I explain that I want to be compliant but
I also want to know where my cane is in the event of an emergency.
This has always worked fine. Again, it's best to put it by the window,
but in the occasional event that putting it by the window presents a
problem, putting it up overhead is a good compromise. Just make sure
it's anchored behind another bag so it doesn't fall on your head when
you go to take it down.
Best, Arielle

On 3/25/15, Debby Phillips via nfbwatlk <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Julie, not ragging on you for giving them the cane, but when
> people do that it does make it harder for those of us who don't
> want to give up our canes.  I'LL gladly give it up if it won't
> fit between the wall and the window, but I'm not giving it up if
> it fits.  It's illegal for them to ask it, and I'm not giving my
> cane up.  Hopefully there will be no incidents the next time ow
> have to fly Alaska.  Of course, I still might only have my funky
> folding cane.  I remember reading articles in old Braille
> Monitors about people refusing to give up their canes and being
> arrested.  It's kind of like I won't leave a restaurant when I
> have my dog just because somebody doesn't know the law.  People
> have fought too hard for the rights we have to give up our canes
> and/oor dogs.    Peace,    Debby
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