Jim Fruchterman blogged about this in Dragonair Hauls Rami off the Plane together with photographs of the incident. Scott Rains and Katja Stokley plugged it in A Rocket Scientist Witnesses a Blind Man Being “Launched” from a Dragonair Flight and Hauled off the Plane respectively.
Avraham Rabby, a retired US Foreign Service Officer, was physically removed from a Dragonair plane in Hong Kong for declining to move to the window seat allocated to him. He had switched to the aisle seat with another passenger. Apparently, DragonAir has a cabin seating policy which purportedly is a safety requirement of the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. This policy compels people with reduced mobility including those with vision and hearing impairment, and persons who are frail and elderly to take window seats.
Like Katja, I find this “only window seats for disabled people policy” discriminatory, especially when the seats are not on an exit row. I applaud Avraham Rabby for his courage and conviction in standing up against such unfair practices. If only the disability rights advocates in the Barrier Free Environment and Accessible Transport Group (BEAT) in Malaysia have the same courage to stand up against similar discriminatory practices instead of trying to shut me up when I revealed my bad experience with AirAsia.
Tags: airlines discrimination against disabled people, Avraham Rabby, Barrier Free Environment and Accessible Transport Group, disabled air travel, Dragonair, mistreatment of disabled passenger, Rami Rabby
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