Indian airlines SpiceJet gets a fine of Rs 1 million for offloading disabled passenger

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In a landmark judgement, India’s Supreme Court has asked budget Indian airlines SpiceJet to pay Rs 1 million ($ 15,000) in damages to a disabled passenger, who was forcibly offloaded from a flight in 2012. The court said that the deboarding of the flyer, who suffers from cerebral palsy, reflected a “total lack of sensitivity” and “unreasonable discrimination”.

Disability rights activist Jeeja Ghosh was deboarded from a SpiceJet flight in Kolkata to Goa in February 2012. Ironically, she was traveling to attend a conference on disability. The court noted that the airlines did not give Ghosh “appropriate, fair and caring treatment”, and called its decision to deboard her “uncalled for” and in violation of “human dignity”. Read more…

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