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Old 05-23-2013, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by elnina View Post
If you don't have assigned seat - you go first and have a chance to choose where you want to sit, and a compartment space for you luggage. And even if you do have assigned seat, when you get there first, you don't have to worry about the luggage compartment space and all the people crowded in the plane when you get there.
"Pushed along in the wheelchairs each airline provides by request, they whizzed past the line to a specially designated and briskly efficient Transportation Security Administration screener."
People in wheelchairs are loaded first for two reasons.

First, negotiating an aisle chair can be tough and it takes a little time. It's quicker to pre-board those people and not hold up general boarding.

Second, people in wheelchairs or who use other mobility devices sometimes don't have the ability to get over other seats and need an aisle seat. Particularly those who are confined to a wheelchair and unable to transfer without assistance--they need to have a seat with an arm that raises--something that only a handful of planes on any given flight offer.

The majority of people who use a wheelchair in an airport have a legitimate need for one. It doesn't give you a free pass to avoid security or even get through it quicker. The fact is that for those unable to stand in the millimeter wave machine or walk through the metal detector without assistance (including using a cane) are subjected to invasive pat downs.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:40 PM
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I've no doubt that the scooters are used by a fair amount of people who don't need them. And they need their arses kicked.

But not everyone "looks" like they need them. I have a friend who looks like a million dollars, but she suffers microfractures in her bones constantly from all the steroidal meds she takes (kidney transplant). She has a disabled parking pass, and because she looks like a sun-kissed version of Kim Basinger people accuse her of faking it. I told her that she should take the time and educate them but she doesn't want to bother with it.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:30 AM
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Handicap stalls must be available to the handicapped, that doesn't mean they are restricted to the handicapped,anyone may use them.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:13 AM
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Originally Posted by DubbleT View Post
Handicap stalls must be available to the handicapped, that doesn't mean they are restricted to the handicapped,anyone may use them.
^^^Exactly, there is no exclusivity for the physically challenged. Toilets are toilets are toilets for all to use, the 'Handicap' sign means that the bathroom has facilities for those who have physical disabilities.

I agree there may be some people faking but I imagine the majority are not. Some people can only stand up for a short while without collapsing, some people can only walk short distances without having to stop for a rest. These people may look healthy but in reality they have a handicap and need some type of assistance.

Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person's lifetime.

Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a personís body and features of the society in which he or she lives.

So before you jump to conclusions, think, things may not be as they seem.

For more information on disabilities check out this website:
Disability - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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