Confiscated His Scooter Batteries
Lithium-ion Scooter Batteries were taken from him!
Incredibly, this is yet another horrific airport story! Thus, concerning a badly treated disabled man. So, trying to take a flight in Calgary, Canada. Stearn Hodge, is a 68-year-old retired professional from Kelowna, British Columbia. Thus, is requesting to have his situation heard by the Canadian Civil Rights Commission. Claiming Calgary International Airport TSA as well as a representative from United Airlines. Unfortunately, took away the Lithium-Ion batteries that were used to power his mobility scooter. Importantly, at the start of a 2017 trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Hodge as well as his spouse were flying to Tulsa. So, to commemorate their 43rd wedding celebration anniversary. Mobility scooter do not go anywhere without batteries! So, there arrival to the USA became very frustrating to say the least. Arriving at the hotel minus his scooter batteries and a useless mobility scooter.
Stearn Hodge said,
” Needing to crawl across the flooring in front of my better half is one of the most embarrassing thing that I can think of,” Hodge said. “It uncovers just how real my handicap is … I have not been the same because.”
Hodge lost his left arm as well as appropriate leg in an 1984 work environment accident. He uses a scooter powered by lithium batteries, and also periodically uses a prosthetic leg.
“They’re taking my legs—and not only that, my dignity,” Stearn Hodge said.
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This story was from 2017 and I do believe that airlines have changed the rules regarding flying disabled passengers with Lithium-Ion batteries to power their wheelchairs and mobility scooters. So, it is my feeling that sticking to the tried and tested AGM mobility scooter batteries is far the best idea. Especially when travelling by air!