No flights for the disabled?

Thanks to low cost airlines, air travel may have become accessible to the common man. But to those with a disability, unfair conditions still apply.

Rajiv Rajan, NGO activist and cerebral palsy patient from Chennai, was refused permission to board his aircraft by the airline he was booked into – Air Sahara – on the basis that he didn’t have a ‘fit to fly’ certificate. But guess what, he’s flown several times before. Next Spice Jet was approached. Again he was refused.

So the flights departed leaving behind a disappointed Rajiv Rajan, and a tragedy that’s a lot worse than disability itself – society’s attitude towards it.

Now don’t say “Iyyo paavum” and turn away. Let the about turn begin with you.

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7 Comments so far

  1. B (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 11:47 am

    I am a frequent flier of Jet Airways and am disappointed by this news item. Does anyone have the email address of any of Jet’s senior management team to register my displeasure?

  2. ratan Jhaveri (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 11:55 am

    Manoj Jacob Sir,
    Again you have made a very important point. I fully support your motions. A truely inspirational leader you are, sir.
    Ratan Jhaveri,
    Senior Copywriter,
    Vishwakarma Communications Chnennai City

  3. Sanachi (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 12:19 pm
  4. a (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

    Iyyo paavum

  5. sakthi (unregistered) on June 19th, 2007 @ 10:55 pm

    Say,if this incident happened somewhere in European countries,by this time they’ll definitely sued against the airlines,but in India the awareness is very less.Most of us still unaware whether airlines have rights to so NO for these reasons,We should educate ourself for practical things,Please use Right to Information Act…
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  7. Geeta Padmanabhan (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 4:56 am

    Dear Manoj,
    Thanks for linking to your post what I wrote 6 years ago. The more we change, the more we are the same, aren’t we? In a way I’m glad they did this to Rajiv, a dear friend. He is the one who filed a PIL to get the government to buy buses that everyone could board. At least the episode got the publicity it did. Will the airlines now wake up and start thinking right?

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