FlyDubai - Well, actually don't. They discriminate against PwD!

This news from the Seattle Times:

A blind American traveler says he was stopped from getting on a flight in Dubai on Tuesday because of his disability -- a decision the government-run airline insists was a mistake it regrets. 
 Zuhair Mahmoud, of Arlington, Virginia, told The Associated Press he ran into problems when he went to check in for a 10:10 a.m. flight on FlyDubai to Amman, Jordan. He was planning a brief stay in the Jordanian capital before heading back to the United States.
 "They looked at me and said: 'Well, we can't take you. ... You're traveling alone,"' he recalled. 
 Mahmoud protested and asked employees to check with their superiors. He said he was told that there was nothing they could do because it was airline policy not to allow a blind traveler onboard unaccompanied. "I was mad. ... I couldn't believe it," the 37-year-old information technology specialist said. "I tried to reason with them, but I just got a single cold answer." He left the airport and went to stay at a brother's house in Dubai until he could catch another flight out. 
 The airline doesn't dispute Mahmoud's account.
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For a different account of transit through Dubai on Emirates by Eleanor Lisney:

I was going to write this later because I did not 'transit' at Dubai Airport till my flight back. But I read this article at the Disability Awareness in Action website on negative attitudes towards disabled people in Dubai and it helped to  explain some of the attitudes of the staff - or should it?

On the journey back to UK at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, I was advised not to get my wheelchair out at Dubai Airport on transit  because there might be a strong chance that it would go missing. Its happened to me before when I was in Bangkok so I took the advice.

However, this means using one of the airport own wheelchairs. At Dubai, it appears that each assistance staff member have assigned wheelchairs - the man who wheeled me to the transit lounge was most disconcerted when I wanted to stay in the wheelchair and not transfer to a lounge chair. I told him I needed it to use the bathroom etc since there was a 3 hour wait. He said he couldn't do his job unless he got the chair back!

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Research by Victor PIneda:

More than 50% of those surveyed in a recent poll felt that disabled people are not capable of making moral decisions, that they are child like and have a deviant personality. Disabled people were not, therefore, considered to be capable of assuming leadership positions.

The research was carried out by Victor Pineda, who is looking at the 2006 UAE Disability Act and its implementation. While the law explicitly addresses aspects of health, rehabilitation and special education for disabled people, Pineda found that they cannot really enjoy the benefits because, " approaches - mobility, public participation, independent living - are missing. It requires an investment by the state and the government to provide the quality of life and dignity these individuals want."

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