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  •  It's Probably to Guarantee Making Connecting (6+ / 0-)

    flight.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu May 16, 2013 at 03:13:15 PM PDT

    •  I almost missed two flights (12+ / 0-)

      when I was having to use the wheelchair services.

      It isn't the quick way to travel at the airport.

      In my experience, more often than not when I've had to use wheelchair assistance at the airport it has been rather a nightmare of extra screening and scrutiny.

      •  We traveled with my mother in a wheelchair at (6+ / 0-)

        West Palm Beach with a connection in Atlanta.  It was a nightmare making our connection in Atlanta with that wheelchair.  We waited in the regular security line for a long time until someone told us to go to a wheelchair line, which had its own long line-- I could not believe that we were forced to waste the time we'd spent in the first line.  Then, we had to wait a long time for someone to come and scan her because she couldn't get out of the wheelchair easily.  We nearly missed our connection.  It was quite an eye opener, that experience.

        That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

        by concernedamerican on Thu May 16, 2013 at 06:54:52 PM PDT

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    •  Or (3+ / 0-)

      just plain laziness like the people that use their grandmas disability card to park closer in the grocery store

      •  Anytime a law or regulation is adopted (4+ / 0-)

        to help people meet a legitimate need, there will be other people who utilize that law or regulation fraudulently.  It's a fact of human nature.  But to punish those who genuinely need help by taking it away - whether it's handicapped parking decals or wheelchairs at airports or free lunches at school or food stamps or welfare payments - is unconscionable.

        My 99-year-old mother has never asked her doctor for a handicap parking permit because she doesn't need it (she walks a mile at the gym five days a week) and she doubts that her doctor would grant the request anyway.  When she's asked by some of her much younger friends why she doesn't ask for one, she tells them, "I don't mind parking father from the store and walking the extra way.  I'm just grateful I'm still able to do so."

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Thu May 16, 2013 at 08:03:29 PM PDT

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    •  If people think a rise in the need for (2+ / 0-)
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      wheelchair assistance at airports is problematic now, wait until baby boomers move into their 70s, 80s and 90s.  Only now are those born just after WWII beginning to experience the infirmities of age, and there are millions more moving inexorably toward those realizations.  

      Of course it doesn't help that the designers of airports have decided that requiring a two-mile walk to get from one gate to another is a good idea.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Thu May 16, 2013 at 07:46:20 PM PDT

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