I'm really grateful to people like Mr. Hingsburger. Most days, it's a passive sort of grateful for reminding me that I need to treat all people like humans. That includes listening to them so I understand how that particular person wants to be treated.
(not so long ago, it was a passionate thanks... I had a bad fall and hurt my knee badly enough that I needed crutches for a month, and a brace for another month. without grab rails, buses that get low, curb cuts and all the other stuff... I would have been housebound and helpless for 6 weeks without the hard work of disability advocates.)
I just wish the TSA would listen. People who are "helpless" are always the first to be treated badly, because it's easy to brush off their complaints.
I think everybody profits from a period of limited mobility. For me it was a torn ligament, but you become so much more _aware_ of steps, and a restaurant with facilities up or down a flight of stairs? Forget it.
I agree - here via an LJ-friend. I've been less than fully abled a few times, once due to a broken wrist (in a thumb-immobilizing cast for 3 months), several times due to asthma (I own a cane for those days), and most recently due to a traffic accident that left me with ribcage damage and off work for 2 months (I could walk, but with difficulty at first, and my shoulder still bothers me somewhat now).
I'm more aware than ever of things such as you mentioned, and have always made a point to treat people as people, not their disability.
I don't have many readers, Still- I'd like to post a link in my own journal to this entry and the gentleman's blog, May I?
Oh, honey, you said a mouthful.
Keeping the mouthful printable was a bit of a struggle.
*is speechless with ragedisgustshockoutrage*
This is just horrifying. I'm very glad the pilot was there, but what a demeaning experience - and a weird one, too.
You know, if you can have a 2 way conversation with someone - they're probably a person.
WHAT THE HECK?!?
Ok, I'm speechless...
2009-03-28 02:41 pm (UTC)
Interesting that man in a wheel chair is not considered to have the ability to attend (secure) his possessions.
Though if it had been me I'd have either asked if he was going to load me on the cart next or thanked him for his help and given him directions on where to take my luggage.
The security was pretty clueless, makes me wonder what he's seen or done that lead him to his stance that the baggage was unattended.
Would never have happened in France. I remember seeing a dozen police and military surround a laptop bag that had been left unattended while waiting for the owner to return. I've also seen them evacuate a terminal and detonate an unattended bag because they couldn't find the owner. They would never move the bag themselves.
That article.. infuriated me. And made me feel good at the same time. I bet it was a rent a cop...who had little or no training, and was overeager. At least I hope that was the case. That pilot should be given huge Kudos.
I find it sad--no, appalling, actually--that someone would have to have training to treat an adult in a wheelchair like an adult human. That training should come by the age of ten, not in law-enforcement classes.
Well said - here via a LJ-friend. I'm infuriated at the treatment Mr. Hingsburger received.
If you have the sanity points to spend you can read through the comments on Mr. Hingsburger's blog post until you get to the multiple anonymous comments about how this couldn't possibly have happened. Just another way of making disability invisible.
I decided, about the fifth or tenth or so Anonymous comment that it never happened, that I was losing sanity points too fast, so I went to the rest of his blog, read more to get background and a feel for the man, then wrote this LJ essay.
Anonymous is a troll, or a troll and his attendant Hornets.
Things like that should never, ever, ever happen. I lack the words to describe how disgusted that makes me feel. No one should be subjected to such treatment.
The TSA and airport security in general in the US make me feel less secure, not more. This is yet another example of how they're doing the wrong things. I just got back from spending a month in Australia. Domestic flights within Australia are so much easier to deal with than flights in the US. It is so nice to be able to freely take harmless things like liquids on flights. Unfortunately, the TSA seems to have imposed their rules on international flights that originate elsewhere. Flying home was rather aggravating. The airport in Sydney even has the gates used for flights to the US cordoned off with an extra set of security guards to check IDs. Once you enter the gate lounge, you can't leave.
Sadly, I had a conversation today with a friend who thinks it is fine to have to put up with what happens when flying because it is for the purpose of making us "secure". This is despite the fact that they give her grief over her artificial knees every time she flies.