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General News of Monday, 7 May 2018

Source: classfmonline.com

I will sue - Disabled’ woman stopped from boarding AWA flight threatens

A physically challenged person, Rita Kriba who was prevented from boarding an Africa World Airlines (AWA) flight to Kumasi from Accra has vowed to take on the management of the airline for their discriminatory policy.

Ms Kriba who walks with the aid of crutches was prevented from boarding the flight due to her condition.

The incident which happened at the Kotoka International Airport on Saturday, 5 May 2018 saw the lady missing her flight as staff of the airline said the company’s policy does not accommodate persons who cannot board their planes unaided.

Speaking to Class News, Ms Kriba said she is ready to fight the company to end the injustice meted out to persons with disability.

She said: “I felt bad because I was supposed to go to Kumasi and meet some people for a meeting. What if it was an emergency? Because I’m a person with disability, can’t I board a plane? I’m ready to take them to court because it’s against my fundamental human rights.

“I’m in Ghana, I’m in my own country, I have the right to move from wherever I want to move from…Whatever I need to do to get that right thing done I’ll do it because it’s my human right. I’m a citizen of Ghana and I need to enjoy any other privilege like any other person despite my disability.

“I’ll go to every length to get this thing solved because I don’t want it to happen to the next person with crutches, I don’t want it to happen again to a person with disability. It is time we stopped these things, we are all human beings. I have the right to pick a flight to wherever I want to go.”