|by Sean O'Neill||Airlines, Questions and Opinions||25|
Andy Gates of Jacksonville, Fla., is suing US Airways for not allowing him to fly because he was deemed unable to assist in his own evacuation in the event of an emergency. [Story via Channel 4 News in Jacksonville.] Gates has dystonia, which is a neuro-muscular disease that impairs his movement. He says he can get in and out of his wheelchair, controlling his legs and arms. He also says that he has flown several times before without a problem or an objection by flight crews.
U.S airlines are required by federal law to deny flights to any person with mobility impairment so severe that they are unable to assist in their own evacuation. But making that judgment call can be tricky. If you have thoughts, feel free to post a comment below.