People Are Lying at Airports to Get Preferential Treatment
Did you fly over the school vacation or the long weekend last week? Was there someone who went to the front of the line in a wheel chair? The “Wall Street Journal” is reporting that more and more people that ask for a wheelchair and special treatment really don’t need it. A wheelchair attendant told the Journal they even have a name for a traveler who requests a wheelchair, gets pushed to the front of the security line and screened, and then jumps out of the chair to rush to the terminal. Kenny Sanchez says they call them ’miracles.’
Los Angeles International Airport handles about 2,000 wheelchair requests a day, it’s estimated that about 15 percent of them are fake.
The law requires that airlines provide free wheelchair service to anyone who requests it, with no proof of necessity required, and on a first-come, first-serve basis. When fakers take advantage of this, it not only gives them unjustified preferential treatment ahead of other travelers, it makes the wait longer for those who genuinely need to get a wheelchair.