Thursday Truths: What Can Disabled People Do On A Ryanair Flight?

On Saturday 31st August, Colm Creamer was catching a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Budapest. His girlfriend was assigned seat 1B, which she didn’t want to sit at, so Colm swapped with her. When he went to take seat 1b, he was asked to swap with another passenger (who was an inebriated 20-something year old man) because it ‘was an emergency exit seat’ and Colm has a visible disability. An inebriated person was thought more capable of operating an emergency exit door than a disabled person.

Colm posted about this experience in a public post on his Facebook account.

We are fast approaching 2020 and whilst some believe the world is a little askew at the moment, I thought we might be a little more enlightened when it comes to social stigmas and ableism.

Colm has demonstrated things in life that he does and ‘more than capable, but he couldn’t be trusted. The inebriated man was more trusted than Colm.

Colm received a reply from Ryanair on Tuesday, which he posted to his Facebook.

My Way Access wants to know what disability awareness training Ryanair has in place for its staff and why Colm was singled out like this in front of a plane full of passengers?

As a disabled person, we would like you to share you stories of traveling with Ryanair and other airlines below.

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  1. My granddaughter vomited and fainted on a flight from Portugal which was 3 and 1/2 hours delayed the cabin crew never called for help just stood looking at us and handed my son tissue to clean up the vomit while he was doing this his daughter fainted we were left with a child who was sick a 1 year old baby 7 bags a buggy and no one to help no first aid nothing poor poor service

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