Amputee Forced to Crawl After Airline Confiscates Batteries for His Mobility Scooter

Amputee Forced to Crawl After Airline Confiscates Batteries for His Mobility Scooter


03.May.2019

Stearn Hodge, 68, lost his left arm and right leg in a workplace accident in 1984, CBC reported. Thanks to his electric scooter, Hodge has retained much of his independence.

Hodge and his wife of 43 years, Jan, were about to embark on a holiday to celebrate their wedding anniversary when airline and flight safety officials told him the batteries were not allowed on the plane due to fire risk.

The alarming news came as the couple were at Calgary Airport in Canada on Feb. 26, 2017, trying to board a flight to Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to the CBC report.

Having written permission to take on board the lithium-ion batteries didn’t help, Hodge told reporters. He said neither agents with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) nor United Airlines officials would listen to his arguments nor read the approval he says he secured from the airline beforehand.

When Hodge and his wife got to their hotel, he says he was forced to crawl on the floor to use the bathroom. 
Now he wants his case heard by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and told CBC, “It unmasks how real my disability is … I haven’t been the same since.”

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