With trips to the airport becoming increasingly complicated, more and more flyers are requesting wheelchairs though the legitimacy of their disabilities is sometimes questionable.
No proof of need is required to receive wheelchair assistance at the airport, but the perks are clear. While most passengers, wait in long lines for security inspection, those with a wheelchair escort are brought to a special Transportation Security Administration screener where they are efficiently whisked through.
Seemingly miraculously, however, many attendants who assist those with disabilities say that once through security, passengers often indicate they no longer need a lift to make it to their gate. Flight attendants report a similar phenomenon whereby passengers who need a wheelchair to board the plane often decline assistance once they reach their destination.
Airline industry officials say they respect passenger requests and hope that opportunists aren’t abusing the service, reports The New York Times. To read more click here.