Well this isn’t one of our prouder moments…
According to a CBS report we spotted on View From the Wing, passengers have been faking injuries and disabilities to get access to a wheelchair, and to a wheelchair escort who will speed them through on an express track to their gate and maybe even get them priority boarding.
While no one has admitted guilt, a flight attendant on the news report said, “We often find as flight crew that we have performed miracles on flights. And people are able to walk off the flight who were not able to walk on.”
Is it possible that some passengers find themselves too injured to walk to the plane, but feel better on their way off? Gary Leff says that happened to him when he fractured a bone in his foot while traveling.
He could technically walk, but didn’t want to exacerbate the injury by truing to make an Atlanta connection from the end of the T concourse to the opposite end of B. So he took a wheelchair there and dismissed (but still tipped) the wheelchair attendant who met him when he landed and felt like he could continue his journey without aid.
But the way the news story’s flight attendant used the word “often,” I suspect that she’s seen more than a reasonable amount of people use thus unethical life hack for an easier way to the plane only to abandon it when they land and there’s nothing more to gain.
H/T: View From the Wing, Photo: Wikimedia Commons