Seeing the way to change
Ryanair has decided to revise its policy on limiting its flights to four disabled passengers per plane, a little bit anyway. Recently the airline took a group of nine visually impaired individuals off of a flight because the group exceeded the airline's limit of four disabled passengers. The move provoked outrage. You'll remember that Ryanair drew fire last year for charging for wheelchair use. Last week, the airline announced that "vision-impaired passengers traveling with sighted companions will no longer have to advise the airline in advance. These travelers will also not be included in the airline's safety limit of four disabled passengers per flight," the BBC reported. Ryanair head of customer services Caroline Green characterized the change as "common sense." True, but so would be reconsideration of the whole only four disabled people policy that somehow suggests that disabled passengers aboard endanger other passengers.
-- Ryanair's press release
-- John at Eurapart is encouraged by the move, but favors the quota remaining in place. He does make the good point that "a visually impaired person may well fare better than average in a smoke filled cabin." Let's call that when disability becomes ability.
I invite you to leave your thoughts on the quota or this issue as a comment.