Deaf News: Airline caves in and lets Axelrod take to the skies alone (just) once more

Posted on August 20, 2013

Regular readers will have seen last week how South African airline Comair, which is part of the British Airways family of companies, refused a prominent Deaf-blind priest permission to fly aboard their plane because of safety concerns. Well it seems they have a had a change of heart. News 24 report:

Comair said in a statement that it has rebooked Axelrod’s existing ticket, after a request from him to rebook his flight on Thursday.

“Father Axelrod will have an escort arranged for by Comair at no cost to the customer in a goodwill gesture to assist him in his further travels. Father Axelrod has a ticket to fly back from Johannesburg to London and has however been advised that Comair requires a self-supplied escort for any future travels with a Comair operated flight.”

Still, he won’t ever be allowed to travel without an escort on Comair, even though he has managed perfectly well in the past. Father Axelrod had been travelling alone for thirteen years until last week the airline decided he couldn’t. They’re still negotiating on a way round the problem.

Let him make his own choices

Via Nick Sturley

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