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Accessibility NZ writes on the contradictions of air travel:
Just a couple days after we heard that Jetstar had refused passage to two wheelchair users because they didn't have "carers", we learn thatJetstar refused to carry 6 out of 8 wheelchair using paralympians.
The team had booked on parent company Qantas. But after booking they were informed that the flight would be operated by Jetstar. Because of Jetstar policy of flying only 2 wheelchair users per flight, 3/4 of the wheelchair users on the team were refused passage. The team had to fly on separate airlines. Why is it that when the team booked on Qantas, they ended up having to rearrange their plans and disrupt everything?
This isn't the first time Jetstar refuses to carry more than two wheelchair users. I spoke about other incidents like this in a previous post. Why is it that Qantas can fly more than 2 wheelchair users, but Jetstar cannot?
How can a traveller with a disability trust Qantas when there is a risk of being bumped onto a Jetstar flight, and as a result refused boarding altogether?