*Let’s face it, when you gotta go, you gotta go. Yet this ordeal was more than a mere inconvenience for D’Arcee Neal, an African American man with cerebral palsy, who was landing in Washington, D. C. from San Francisco and was offered no assistance by the United Airlines staff upon disembarking.
FORCING HIM TO CRAWL OFF THE PLANE!!!
Neal had waited for flight crews to bring him an aisle-sized chair to help him after landing at Reagan National Airport on Tuesday night. Then he needed to use the restroom, and was reduced to crawling half the length of the plane, down the aisle and to the doorway where his regular wheelchair awaited, he told NBC Washington.
“I was like, ‘I don’t have time for this,'” Neal told the NBC affiliate. “I decided to get out and crawl down the plane to my chair.”
Neal called the experience “humiliating” and said, “No one should have to do what I did.”
Ironically, Neal is an activist for disability rights, and had given a speech about people with disabilities and their issues when taking public transportation, according to an article in Huffington Post.
Boy does he have an addendum to THAT story to share going forward!
Neither Neal nor United Airlines were available for comment. But United did tell NBC Washington that it “regrets the delay in providing an aisle chair to assist Neal.”
According to The Air Carrier Access Act, airlines are required to assist passengers with disabilities in moving to and from their seats and during boarding and deplaning.