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Airlines Should Stop Charging For Attendants, Argue Advocates
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 14, 2006

TORONTO, ONTARIO--It is unfair and discriminatory for Canadian air carriers to force travelers with disabilities to purchase a second airline ticket for an attendant, David Baker, an attorney for the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, told a Canadian Transportation Agency board Tuesday.

The CTA panel is considering a complaint filed against Air Canada by two people with physical disabilities, and an overweight woman, who had to pay for an additional seat.

While the government years ago directed rail, bus, and ferry companies to charge each passenger with a disability a single rate, the airline industry is the only federally regulated transportation provider that is allowed to charge double fares, Baker said.

"They are the only ones who don't follow the one person, one fare principle," Baker told Macleans.

Baker added that the three-member CTA panel has the power to direct the airline industry to change their policies to bring them in line with other transportation providers.

Airline representatives told the panel that they already give reduced fares to attendants and overweight passengers, and that forcing them to give seats away would mean a loss of millions of dollars.

The panel is expected to rule next year.

"Disabled, obese should only pay one air fare if they need two seats, panel told" (Macleans)
Council of Canadians with Disabilities


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