Days after a passenger in Air India claimed of cruel treatment in plane, another woman made shocking exposure on Tuesday.
According to reports, a 24-year-old differently-abled woman Antara Teland claimed that she was allegedly asked to take off her prosthetic limb and pass it through the screening machine at Mumbai airport.
She was also forced to move around with her heavy prosthetic limb. Her regular complaints of discrimination have made no difference.
And, this time she was moved to tears and felt humiliated in the manner the officials spoke to her.
On January 29 after the check, she tweeted:
As reported by a news agency, she mentioned:
"My dignity was completely taken away. They spoke to me rudely and asked me what is the full form of ETD (explosive trace detector). They put me in a room where the chair was in the far end and then I had to hop with my 6 kg prosthetic limb. Then they did not let me stand outside saying that "log aapko dekhenge" (people will see you). Please don't cry. We don't want to see you cry."
"This is not the first time. I have written twice to CISF. I used to carry my disability certificate. But this did not help. In past two years, I had to go through this experience 7-8 times here in Mumbai. We are not looking for sympathy. But when other countries can take some steps to ensure we don't go through a harrowing experience. I don't buy CISF's explanation that prosthetic limbs can't be exempted. They are not giving a proper reason. What security threat. People swallow drugs," she added.
Earlier, a differently-abled passenger on an Air India flight has alleged that she had to “crawl” to the passenger coach after landing at the airport here as the airline did not arrange a wheelchair for “security reasons”.