So apparently there is a trend happening among airport travelers. Able bodied people requesting wheelchairs to get through security lines quicker!
When long airport security lines become too much to handle, request a wheelchair. That’s the tactic some fully abled passengers are using to cut through the winding queues at airport security checkpoints, the New York Times reported. According to the 1986 Air Carrier Access Act, airlines are required to accommodate disabled travelers — who need not show any proof of disability — free of charge.
Airport staffers recognize the deception occurs; they’ve learned to expect a large volume of wheelchair requests during periods when security lags.
“When [travelers] see that the line is so long, they just ask for a wheelchair,” Evelyn Danquah, an attendant for Delta Air Lines, told the Times. She said she has seen some wheelchair fakers stand and walk away as soon as they clear security.
The practice has even spawned a new term among flight attendants: “miracle flights,” in which passengers use wheelchairs to board but abandon them when their planes land.
Pretending to have a disability to get to the front of the line? Be the first to board, then leave the wheelchair behind because you would the last to get off the plane? ugh! Those bastards!
Read the full “newsfeed.time.com” article HERE