[video] Airline wheelchair limit raises Disability Discrimination questions [Australia]

Author: John Taylor, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Published on: 19 January 2012

In the year of its 20th anniversary, the Federal Disability Discrimination Act is under scrutiny thanks to a 78-year old woman [Sheila King, disability advocate] taking on an airline policy of not flying more than two people in wheelchairs on the same plane…[Nicholas Patrick of Redfern Legal Centre says] Sheila has claimed that she was discriminated against by Jetstar when they refused to allow her to travel on a flight back...and the reason given was that JetStar was already carrying two passengers who required wheelchair assistance…The court found that Ms King had been discriminated against but found that JetStar had a defence under the Disability Discrimination Act and that defence was that it would be an unjustifiable hardship for JetStar to have carried Sheila on that flight...This practice is similar to that used by other low-cost carriers in Australia... [also refers to Virgin]

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Related companies: Jetstar (part of Qantas Airways) Virgin Group