411: Canadian Airlines To Allow SSP’s Ride for Free!

Many thanks to Deaf Blind Canada, a group on Facebook for announcing the wonderful news. In sum, the Federal Appeals Court has turned down an appeal by Air Canada and WestJet – two major airlines in Canada – to argue the Transportation Board’s decision to allow passengers with severe disabilities bring assistance (intervenors, support service providers, family friend) to travel for free while obese passengers get a seat free.

The Toronto Star Article



While the decision will cost Air Canada and Westjet a large percentage of their annual income (14-16%), this is a victory for Deaf Blind Canadians who have, in the past, had traumatizing experiences travelling alone.

I wrote a story about this earlier in November and posted an blog about whether Deaf Blind people should be allowed to fly alone.

Blog: I Could Have Been Tasered


Blog: Should The Deaf Blind be Allowed to Travel Alone?


Veni, Vedi, Vici for us! I’m sure I’ll have a lot of friends begging to tag along!

Tactile love, Coco

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4 Responses to 411: Canadian Airlines To Allow SSP’s Ride for Free!

  1. Noni Warner says:

    hi that is fantastic news!
    One thing i was puzzled was it would cost west jet and Air canada a huge part of their earnings – 14 to 16 percent – so i checked the article, and actually its 0.14 percent to 0.16 percent. that is a huge difference.
    that’s not much and Air canada and West Jet should not complain. smile.

  2. Keri says:

    AWESOME NEWS!!! Let me know if you ever need a SSP to travel with…I’m not that far from Canada. 😉 Hugs, mwah!

  3. David K says:

    Wow. That’s wonderful news. It would be nice if it happens here in USA. I don’t think the U.S. airliners would allow Deaf to bring someone with him/her to get a free seat. That’s unfortunately.

  4. Pingback: 411: WestJet and Air Canada Fight Court Ruling on Free Flights for SSPs « Tactile The World

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