Friday, May 04, 2007

Student traveler blasts the aisle chair

Stacy Ellingen, a student at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (yeah Wisconsin! Yeah Warhawks!) has traveled to 40 of the 50 states, Canada and Mexico. She is a wheelchair user and takes the airlines to task in this column for not finding a way for passengers to get their own wheelchairs into airliners:
Most airlines have accessible jet ways now, but wheelchairs still can't fit on the plane. The aisle chair they provide to get onto the plane is so small and little, that most people in chairs can hardly sit on it. Generally, people in chairs would much rather be able to take their chairs right onto the plane, and get buckled down there"
The obstacles don't deter Stacy, however: "
Thanks to my wonderful parents I've been to a lot of places and experienced more things that many people will never be able to. And for that I'm very grateful."


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