More than half of the mainland’s 24 airlines have rules saying staff may refuse to allow disabled passengers on board if they might offend other passengers or make them uncomfortable, a recent study found.
Twenty-two airlines also have rules that allow them to reject those who have not given advance notification of their disability, and eight airlines mandate that disabled people have to apply for permission to fly and can only get that permission at several designated sales outlets, according to a report released yesterday by the Equity and Justice Initiative, a Shenzhen-based anti-discrimination advocacy group.
The non-governmental organisation said the often-cited reasons for airlines refusing to allow disabled people on board were that they had not applied in advance, they could not produce medical certificates or they may “cause discomfort or offence among other passengers”.
The report said these practices violated the mainland’s anti-discrimination laws, but were in line…
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