Man in wheelchair not allowed to board Jetstar flight in Bangkok

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Although I have just returned home from 30 days' comfortable travel throughout South Africa without incident I am always aware as I circle the globe that I am never more than a coin's toss away from the barbarism endured by travelers such as Australian Glen McDonnell:

A wheelchair-bound (sic) man felt humiliated at a foreign airport when Jetstar refused to let him on board because he couldn't walk.

Glen McDonnell, 36, had travelled with the budget carrier from Darwin to Thailand via Singapore.

But when he was boarding the plane at Bangkok for his return flight, Jetstar staff told him they were unable to take him home.
For the full story of discrimination in the air see: http://www.news.com.au/travel/story/0,28318,25108604-5014090,00.html

To bring the story closer to home, I encountered a wheelchair-using disabled veteran who was on his third day waiting in the Frankfurt, Germany airport "Special Services" services area.

Isolated from the care he need his colostomy was unchanged and completely filled (he showed me) this man had been refused a connecting flight twice because his daughter had epilepsy. Unfortunately, in the midst of 24 hours of flights myself I was unable to be much of an effective advocate for him at the time.

There but for the flip of a coin...

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