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Easyjet Refuses Declan Spencer, 12, Because Wheelchair Is Too Heavy

June 27, 2011

A Leicestershire mother has been considering legal action after a budget airline refused to carry her disabled son.

Alexandra Spencer, from Syston, said she was told by Easyjet that it will not take her 12-year-old son on a flight to Cyprus because his specialised 95kg wheelchair is too heavy for baggage handlers.

Declan Spencer, who is terminally ill with muscular dystrophy, has flown before without restriction with other airlines.

In a statement Easyjet said it regularly carried powered wheelchairs which have parts weighing less than 60kg each, to protect the health and safety of staff.

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  1. June 29, 2011 11:23 am

    This is the second story I have heard this month about youngsters having problems over highly functional powered chairs that are “too heavy”. The other case was a lad who wasn’t allowed to have his new chair because it weighed too much, and was therefore classified as a car, which he was too young to drive…

    I can’t believe that we are disadvantaging kids in this way. If they are using power chairs like this, it is because they need them. Life is hard enough for families with a disabled child, without putting more obstacles in their way.

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