At the time of writing this, I was reading about BBC journalist Frank Gardner. In 2004, he was shot and left seriously injured during an attack while reporting from a suburb of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This incident left Mr Gardner partly paralysed in the legs and wheelchair dependent. On a recent trip, returning back from the French Alps, he was left waiting for assistance on a plane for about half an hour and began to tweet while he waited. In a BBC news article, Mr Gardner shared this experience with readers and said, "I am pretty cynical about this because I have been travelling with a wheelchair for 12 years and I've not seen any improvement." With this in mind, I thought our readers may want to find out more about travelling by air with reduced mobility.
Under the EC regulation No 1107/2006, *air carriers, agents and tour operators must make all reasonable efforts to transport disabled persons or persons with reduced mobility. Airlines must employ the necessary staff to provide disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility with the assistance that they may need. If a disabled person or person with reduced mobility is refused transport, then a reasonable alternative must be offered. This regulation also sets out that all important information should be provided in alternative formats that are accessible to disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility. Where a disabled person or person with reduced mobility feels that there has been a breach of this regulation, they should contact air carrier or managing body of the airport.
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*This applies only to flights from airports in the EU.
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