Recent draft legislation by the European Commission about the carriage of persons with reduced mobility is more like daft legislation. Of course, air transport should be available to all, but the idea that airlines should be forced to carry any particular potential passenger is absurd and dangerous.

An airline could legally refuse to transport me just as I could be refused service in a store or a bar at the discretion of a proprietor. People with disabilities are just the same as any other human beings and just because someone is in a wheelchair does not mean that he or she could not be a terrorist or drug smuggler. If anything, the boot is on the other foot as it is the fully abled who may be discriminated against. Equal rights - yes, wheelchair taliban - no.

Steven Stott

Thornton Heath, Surrey, UK

Source: Flight International