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Post by atoutprix on Fri 12 Oct 2012 - 14:11

http://www.independent.ie/travel/travel-news/travellers-fake-disabilities-to-skip-airport-queues-3252772.html

An increasing number of air travellers are faking disabilities to skip queues at security, check-in and departure gates, according to airport and airline staff.
Passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) are entitled to free assistance, and are permitted to cut queues at the airport.
They are not required to present proof of disability, prompting unscrupulous able-bodied travellers to exploit the policy.


The practice is becoming so common that airline staff have coined the phrase “miracle flights” to describe how some travellers require a wheelchair to board the aircraft, but depart without it.


“We’d say there was a miracle because they all needed a wheelchair getting on, but not getting off,” Kelly Skyles, an American Airlines flight attendant told the New York Times. “Not only do we serve beverages and ensure safety — now we’re healing the sick.”
She added that disabled travellers are usually the first to board the aircraft, but the last to depart, meaning the deception only benefits the passenger on departure, not arrival.



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Post by Ryanairflyer on Fri 12 Oct 2012 - 18:28

A passenger should produce a medical note issued by a Doctor. It would limit the fakers.

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