15 Sep '18, 2pm

Paralyzed Vets Want to Crack Down on Airlines over Broken, Lost Wheelchairs

A prominent veteran in the Senate received a rude surprise last year when she came off a flight to have her wheelchair collapse underneath her. It was a window into a problem faced by many paralyzed and disabled veterans who are now suing the Department of Transportation, saying their wheelchairs have been lost or damaged by careless airlines. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, described her story in a 2017 letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. "On a recent trip, I retrieved my wheelchair at the end of the jet bridge, but a titanium rod had been damaged during the flight and my chair literally broke apart while I was sitting in it," said Duckworth, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and helicopter pilot who lost her legs in Iraq in 2004. It was not the first time, she said in the letter. "In the past year, I have had my personal wheelchair mishandled and damaged se...

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