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European Union: UN Special Rapporteur on Disability barred from flight

Posted 18/4-11 at 02.17

Shuaib Chalklen, a wheelchair user and the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, was not allowed to board his Swiss Air flight from London to Geneva (on April 4th) because the airline claimed he could not use the toilet unaided. Discrimination such as this is against the EU regulation on the rights of disabled people to travel.


Shuab Chalkien's photo

Shuaib Chalklen

A week after this incident, although clearly not in response to it, Transport Commissioner Slim Kallas published a report on the EU travel regulation. He noted that ‘some carriers tend to mix up requirements related to flight safety'. The Commission repeats that ‘if boarding is denied for safety reasons, this must be done solely for flight safety reasons,' recognizing that there are still problems with the implementation of the regulation and hinting that rules were being misinterpreted.

The European Disability Forum have demanded that the EU step up its monitoring of the law and asked for a clearer definition of the regulation's concepts in order to protect that rights of the EU's 80 million disabled citizens.


The EU report can be downloaded at: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/11/232&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en



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