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Re: Access/France --GuideDog travel troubles

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 01:07:04 -0400
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To: tvraman@almaden.ibm.com, daniel dardailler <danield@w3.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, george kerscher <kerscher@montana.com>

I'm aware of some of these problems, and have been encountering increasing
problems around wheelchair access on several EU airlines recently as well.
(For instance two weeks ago I was pulled off a flight in the Netherlands
because they wanted to dismantle my wheelchair piece by piece.) Have
started to follow up with a few organizations. If anyone is aware of a
European-Union-wide effort related to airline accessibility, could you send
info to me at jbrewer@w3.org (please don't reply to the list).

Raman, I've responded to you in more detail off-line. 

I suggest that any others commenting on this message do it off-line unless
it adds information to the travel alert related to W3C meetings that Raman
has already provided here.


- Judy

At 02:49 PM 4/13/01 -0700, T. V. Raman wrote:
>Judy and Daniel --
>This is a note to alert you and the rest of the WAI with
>respect to travel through France --specifically on Air
>I was not allowed to board an Air France flight in Paris
>returning from the voice browser meeting in January 
>--the excuse used was "you dont have a French muzzle."
>George Kerscher had similar trouble the following week in
>January --
>this week George was once again thrown out of his flight by
>Air France in Paris..
>George was not allowed to board by the captain
>saying "there is going to be turbulence on this flight and
>that therefore the dog needs to go in the cargo"--
>1) Please alert access users travelling to W3C meetings
>   about this problem.
>2) Daniel --could you check for your part on what French
>   laws are?
>Best Regards,
>IBM Research: Human Language Technologies
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Judy Brewer    jbrewer@w3.org    +1.617.258.9741    http://www.w3.org/WAI
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) International Program Office
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
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