Virgin stands by wheelchair decision
Virgin Blue is defending its new policy on wheelchair passengers, saying it is necessary to protect airline staff from injuries.
From June 1, Virgin Blue staff will not be allowed to push wheelchairs, leaving passengers to operate mandatory airline wheelchairs themselves.
David Craig from Disability Rights Victoria says the policy is part of a trend.
“It’s part of a raft of a number of areas where occupational health and safety has been used as a reason for not providing the kinds, the varieties of assistance and there’s plenty of resources and training material around on how to do that safely,” Mr Craig said.
Virgin Blue says that it will still assist passengers move from their wheelchair to the aircraft seat.
Additional information on Virgin Blue’s SSR policies: http://www.virginblue.com.au/bookings/ssrs/