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EasyJet's discriminatory wheelchair policy grounds mother & disabled son [UK]

Author: Rebecca Smithers, Guardian [UK], Published on: 27 June 2011

easyJet has been accused…of having a "ludicrous, discriminatory" wheelchair policy…EasyJet forbids wheelchairs weiging in excess of 60kg to be taken on its planes unless they are broken into pieces each weighing less than 60kg…Miss Spencer…was…told by easyJet that its policy meant her [disabled] son would not be able to fly…EasyJet's wheelchair policy came under scrutiny last year when the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Trailblazers…led a campaign attacking easyJet's apparent refusal to allow wheelchairs in excess of 60kg on its planes…A spokesman for easyJet said…"EasyJet welcomes more than a quarter of a million passengers with reduced mobility every year, and we regularly carry powered wheelchairs provided they can be collapsed into separate parts weighing less than 60kg each. "This is necessary to protect the health and safety of the baggage handlers who have to lift the wheelchair into the aircraft." [also refers to Ryanair, Virgin, British Airways, BMI]

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Related companies: British Airways British Midland (BMI) easyJet Ryanair Virgin Group