Thursday Truths: Not Easy To Jet Off When You Have A Disability

Traveling at the best of times is difficult enough, but when you have a disability, it takes extra time to plan and everything has to be in place before you do.

On Saturday 11th August, Magherafelt man, Francis Stewart had planned to travel from Belfast to Liverpool for a Liverpool FC soccer match. He was a great athlete and then was knocked down on the duel carriage way Moneymore to Cookstown. He now uses a wheelchair. He had to spend a long time in hospital in Belfast. The fact he was very fit is the reason he is still alive.

However, 3 hours before the flight, easyJet cancelled. Francis was notified by email and was given an apology by ways of inconvenience. Everyone else was able to reschedule flights for that day, but Francis could not and therefor missed the game. He was offered a refund.

Recently, we have been hearing more and more stories in the press about people being stopped from getting flights due to their disabilities or even having their disabilities questions.

Is it time that airports and airlines made themselves more accessible and accommodating for people with disabilities? What do you think can be done? My Way Access wants to hear your views?



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