Five more disabled to join airline lawsuit
Five more disabled people expressed their intent in joining the lawsuit against Shenzhen Airlines for discrimination against handicap people, when they were also denied the right to board the aircraft. The five people joining are all blind and decided to join Zheng Weining in suing the airline for 10 million yuan in compensations.
Zheng and his companion were denied boarding on a flight from Beijing to Shenzhen, because the airline saw them as a risk in an emergency case were they can hold the airline responsible. Only after a strong protest and signing a disclaimer able them to board the plane. Zheng have already found a lawyer that would help them in their case against the airline.
The five blind people said only Shenzhen airlines refused them and they didn’t experience any trouble when flying other airlines. One employee even asked them if they can eat by themselves when flying. They were also ask to sign a disclaimer before being allowed to board the aircraft.
An aviation legal expert said that it is inappropriate or illegal to deny the disabled the right to board and having them sign a disclaimer is offensive to the dignity of the disabled. The disclaimer is an abuse of passenger rights and is not an excuse for the airline not to bear responsibility and compensation.
A regulation that took effect on April 2009 by the Department of Transport of the Civil Aviation Administration of China states that an aircraft with seating capacity of 51 to 100 can accommodate no more than two disabled passengers unaccompanied. An aircraft with 101 to 200 seats can accommodate no more than four disabled passengers.