- A disabled woman was denied boarding a flight on the Africa World Airlines Limited (AWA) at Kotoka Airport
- Rita Kriba is an officer with the gender ministry and she is so angry
- AWA has emphasized on its website that it values the interests of persons with disability
A Ghanaian woman in crutches was denied boarding a scheduled flight by the Africa World Airlines Limited (AWA) because she was disabled.
The 30-year-old Rita Kriba, for some strange reasons, was prevented from traveling because her crutches was seen to be an inconvenience to the Airline.
"I was told i can't send my crutches inside the plane am also a person with disability i can't walk without my crutches and i was told aids are not allowed so I was denied access to the plane because i was a person with a disability. Don't I have the right to take a flight in my own country just because am a person with a disability when will this discrimination stop," she revealed.
Rita Kriba is a development officer with the ministry of gender and social protection and one would have thought this unfortunate should never have happened.
“I want people with disabilities to be treated as normal citizens of Ghana. I want children with disability to grow up knowing that they are part of the society, knowing that they can also create an impact, knowing that they are like any other [able-bodied] person and they can achieve whatever they want to achieve,” she stated.
Meanwhile, media houses have reached out to AWA for comment on the matter and the airline has said it will do so at a later date. Checks on the company’s website show that customers with disabilities are allowed pre-boarding to find a suitable seat, though they are not allowed to sit at the emergency exit rows.
The airline also says it transports wheelchairs and other assistance devices for personal use at no charge, and offers enplaning and deplaning when the issue has been raised during ticket purchase.
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