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Re: Wheelchairs

Aviator A

@jshuffield wrote:

 I’ve never seen so many wheelchairs on every flight I took this past week, and there were at least a few people in those wheelchairs I saw up and walking prior to boarding. 

Yeah, because every handicap that qualifies for preboarding requires people to be incapable of walking.  (insert eyeroll here)



Re: Wheelchairs

Explorer C

You do realize that people who use wheelchairs CAN walk, right?


Like most wheelchair users don't use a wheelchair because they can't walk... they use one because they can't walk long distances without being in a lot of pain (that is the case for me, I need both of my hips replaced and I am not even 30 years old. I have severe hip dysplasia that was not caught &/or corrected as a child)... or because they have a lung disease (example: cystic fibrosis) and it's difficult for their bodies for them to walk long distances... or they have some other ailment that makes walking extremely taxing on their body. 


This stigma that in order to need a wheelchair you must NEVER use your legs again is incredibly harmful & ablest. Maybe consider educating yourself before you make comments like that (whether they be on the internet or in person). 


I wish you the very best.