Blogger’s Journey May Enhance Wheelchair Travel With American Airways
A blogger who traveled with American Airlines has found that the wheelchair system is disruptive and oppressive, but his article has urged Americans to reconsider the law.
John Morris, who has been paralyzed three times, traveled to 46 countries on a wheelchair and started the Wheelchair Travel blog, where he shares his experiences and set up a social networking site for easy travel.
Recently, Morris was leaving his home in Gainesville, Florida, for Dallas – his first trip since the outbreak began in March – when he was rejected by American Airlines for the weight of his wheelchair.
Its electric seat has now exceeded the weight limit of its CRJ-700 aircraft.
“The airline has enacted this new law because it is destroying many wheelchairs that are being loaded onto local aircraft … [and] to protect the disabled, they no longer wanted to be accepted, “Morris told NPR.
The American Airlines website did not indicate the limit, but a representative told him it went into effect on June 12 and showed Morris new travel restrictions.
-Embraer RJ-175 – 400 pounds.
-Embraer RJ-170 – 400 pounds.
-Embraer ERJ-145 – 400 pounds.
-Embraer ERJ-140 – 400 pounds.
-Canadair RJ 900 – 300 lbs.
–Canadair RJ 700 – 300 lbs.
In his blog, Mr. Morris also stated that this prohibits wheelchair users from traveling to the United States.
He produced a map showing how the new rules make it easier for American Airlines flights to wheelchair users and said there were 130 airports in the United States that wheelchair users would no longer be able to travel, calling it a “desert carrier.”
Instead of complaining, Mr. Morris adjusted his seat and told the plane to remove the batteries so that the wheel would be light enough to fly; however, when the seat was approved, it made the trip more difficult. Mr Morris said he had been stranded in his hotel room for 14 hours since the batteries had malfunctioned when reconnected.
He found that some planes did not just stop him and welcomed him with his wheelchair no matter how heavy he was. He remains optimistic, however, that Americans will take steps to change his policies upon hearing about his experiences.
There is hope that he is right. After hearing Morris’s story on NPR, American Airlines said in a statement: “We apologize for the inconvenience and ensure that all customers are able to travel to the United States.”
He also told Dallas Morning News that he is “working with our security forces, aircraft manufacturers, and the FAA to change the rules so that we can continue to use heavy equipment and wheelchairs on our small aircraft. For our disabled customers, we understand, and we will continue obedience and work hard to improve your American navigation skills. ”