Disability lobby group denies Ryanair disabled flyers limit

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) has denied claims that it agreed with airline Ryanair to limit the number of disabled passengers to four per flight.

Air travel is presently exempt from the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act and the DRC said there should the same legal protection for disabled people whatever mode of transport they use.

The lobby group said had not been involved “in any shape or form” with providing guidance to Ryanair on limits to the numbers of disabled passengers able to board flights.

“Ryanair’s limit of only four disabled passengers is out if step with the practices of many major airlines companies that we have come across,” a spokesman said.

“We will be writing to the government to propose that the present voluntary arrangements [about airlines’ treatment of disabled passengers onboard planes] are not working and this should be put right on a statutory basis,” he said.

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