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