Alistair’s “Random Rambles” (7)
By Kathy Martin…
Written February 2014
I understand that some people are shocked that disabled passengers travelling through our airport (Ercan) are now being charged for “Wheelchair” facilities and handling.
At the risk of being regarded as unpopular with my readers I ask two questions: why not?
– why have these charges taken so long to be introduced?
I want to reassure readers that I am very sympathetic to any person who suffers from a disability, in any form. Indeed, although I gave up smoking five years ago, my lungs have suffered slight damage, and in a few years time I may welcome a wheelchair, if travelling long distances!
My point is not that disabled passengers are now being discriminated against, but that for years “able-bodied” passengers have been discriminated against by being charged more than necessary!
There are three levels of “wheelchair assistance”, each with its own an acronym.
WHCR – wheelchair “ramp” –assistance to the bottom of the aircraft stairs
WHCS – assistance to the top of the aircraft stairs
WHCC – assistance through the aircraft cabin as far as the passenger’s seat.
For the word “assistance” in the last two categories read “carry”, in respect of the stairs and cabin!
The initial purchase of a wheelchair, either a simple “canvas or metal” manually operated one or a large electric-powered “buggy”, may be a one-off expense on the books. However, the continuing need to employ staff to operate the equipment and provide the required service is an on-going cost that has to be met by the airline, handling agent or airport authority!…….. Continue reading