The UK government's aviation minister, Jim Fitzpatrick, announced that from 26 July it will be illegal for an airline, travel agent or tour operator to refuse a booking on the grounds of disability or to refuse to embark a disabled person who has a valid ticket and reservation.
Let's play the name and shame game! Which airline actually does refuse people with disabilities. Who is guilty of being unPC?
And anyway, I thought the law changed in 2005. The Disability Discrimination Act that year was a law designed to end discrimination against disabled people and affected businesses. The aviation industry is, after all one big business isn't it?
Although I agree that discrimination is terrible, there are safety reasons why an airline limits the amount of disabled people that they can have on a flight. Safety reasons that would be for the good of the disabled people too…
As for your thoughs on the laws changing in 2005...Airlines are not governed by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, which covers access to shops, restaurants and so forth. Instead airlines are encouraged to sign up to the Code of Practice developed by the Department for Transport in 2003.