Jardine secures ministerial meeting on accessible aircraft

By David Ronald Evans, Jun 18, 2019 10:06

BA 747-400 in flight at Heathrow
▲ Image: Josh Hallett

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has today secured a meeting with Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani to look at making aircraft more accessible for disabled people.

Several of Ms Jardine’s constituents have reported embarrassing and painful experiences of being loaded on and off planes by baggage handlers when taking flights.

The Liberal Democrat MP is now launching a campaign to encourage airlines to take action to drastically improve accessibility for disabled people.

Ms Jardine commented:

“Accessibility is still a huge issue for disabled people when getting on and off aeroplanes.

“I’ve had constituents tell me that they’ve been literally man-handled onto flights, leaving them bruised and humiliated.

“Even though airports are becoming more accessible, the airlines themselves still have a problem, with focus being placed on how fast a plane can be turned around rather than on the dignity and comfort of disabled passengers.

“I’m glad that the Department for Transport shares my concerns, and I look forward to working with ministers to encourage airlines to take action to solve the issue.”

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