Friday, April 3, 2015

Continuing problems at Toronto's International Airport

I can only hope that sooner than later those nagging problems at Toronto's Pearson International Airport would somehow disappear or at least become less of a problem. I do not think that these problems are just confined to this airport alone; it may be a common set of problems at many other airports around the world. At least at those larger international airports.

What kinds of problems? Security agents not telling you what they are doing with the items in your carry-on as they proceed to remove them, placing them on the counter and not telling you where they have placed them. Then they do not even offer to help you replace them in your carry-on. Some special needs agents do not provide you with proper guiding techniques, choosing to take your arm rather than allowing you to take their arm. No way for a cab driver to find help for you when you arrive at the sidewalk outside the terminal doors and you are forced to put up with some rude and impolite agents who tell you to move along and when you ask for help they turn their backs on you. Agents often insisting that you need to sit in a wheelchair despite the fact that you keep telling them that you prefer to walk rather than take a wheelchair.

I, as a blind person, choose to walk and take the arm of an agent rather than be pushed in a wheelchair. I believe that many of my fellow blind community prefer the same. So how do you overcome these types of problems? Through persistence and more persistence.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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