There’s no doubt that differently-abled people fight every single day for love, respect and dignity in our country. In fact, our society often views the disabled as “less than human.”
In a disappointing incident, netizens are calling out IndiGo airline for not allowing a person with special needs to board their flight.
Social media user Manisha Gupta shared a disheartening experience of a differently-abled adolescent and his parents, travelling from Ranchi. As per her post, they weren’t allowed to board a flight by the staff of the renowned airline as the child was deemed a ‘risk’ to other passengers.
As per her post, the disabled child was hungry, thirsty and full of anxiety and confusion, after going through the security check. However, his parents handled his meltdown with a lot of patience and warm hugs.
This caught the attention of the IndiGo Airlines staff, who walked up to the trio and warned them that he would not let them board if the child did not quieten down and become ‘normal’ before he could be travel-worthy. Then, we witnessed the full display of brute authority and power.
After that, the airline staff announced that the kid will not be allowed to board the flight as he was a ‘risk’ to other co-passengers. Not only this but, as per her post, the staff also stated that ‘the behaviours such as this and that of drunk passengers, deems them unfit to travel.’
Even though other co-passengers, including certain doctors, challenged the ground staff, assured them that they had no ‘objections’ to travelling with a differently-abled child, and were more than happy to assist on the flight, if needed, the staff did not change their decision.
However, the young child was sitting very quietly in a wheelchair, terror-stricken by how he was being called out as a risk to the normal world.
Despite multiple attempts by the parents, and other supportive co-passengers, the staff refused to let the child and his parents board and they were left waiting at the boarding terminal.
Truth is, India is no country for mothers or children. No country for mothers who are different, No country for mothers who are raising children who are different.
Needless to mention, netizens were furious with the airline’s behaviour and here’s what they had to say about the unfortunate incident:
Companies like @IndiGo6E will write a thousand homilies on Mother's Day but yesterday they insulted and refused to listen to a mother as she was pleading for her son's civil rights. Just thoroughly despicable behavior by Indigo staff.— Aditya Mani Jha (@aditya_mani_jha) May 8, 2022
Also, I have lost count of the number of rich, very drunk middle-aged men on flights, including @IndiGo6E flights. Funny how everybody seems to be okay with that. But one neuro-divergent teenager is too much to handle, it seems.— Aditya Mani Jha (@aditya_mani_jha) May 8, 2022
Lack of awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder cannot remain as an excuse for any airlines who want to be global.— Terminator Ching (@ChingCh76539199) May 9, 2022
Boycott indigo wherever and whenever possible .— S Ravichandran (@iid_sp) May 8, 2022
Is it real !!! If it is…I can understand what the parents had gone through during this process. Any human being with a pinch of humanity would never think of doing such a thing. I am wondering now, is there any law which prevents a handicap person to fly @PMOIndia @MoCA_GoI.— shankar gouda (@shankar_4ever) May 8, 2022
Humanity is lost. It is all money. Just wait and see what God would have for them…— РoIkаdоt (@PolkEvent186) May 8, 2022
Disaster!!!!! Be careful as there is no injustice from Almighty
What is utterly shocking and to an extent embarrassing is the insensitivity displayed by authorities while dealing with such cases.— PP Ambashta (@AmbashtaPP) May 9, 2022
Absolutely disgusting, shambolic and inhuman behaviour by @IndiGo6E . Name & shame the staff who did it. Should be sacked & sued for this. Totally unacceptable. Crime against humanity in the 21st century. Must not go under the carpet.— adwait abhyankar (@AbhyankarAdwait) May 9, 2022
Definitely an unfortunate incident. Could have been handled better and more empathetically by all involved.— Usha (@UKA92035841) May 9, 2022
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This is extremely sad and shameful.
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