Extracts from the press conference by Siim Kallas on Guidelines on the application of Regulation for passengers with reduced mobility
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 14/06/2012 First transmission: 14/06/2012
On 14 June 2012, during a press conference, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, accompanied by Joachim Gérard, Belgian Paralympic athlete and champion of wheelchair tennis, presented guidelines for passengers with reduced mobility.
Many disabled and reduced mobility air travellers still face problems of unjustified refusals, and other unfair demands when attempting to travel. As thousands of disabled Paralympians and spectators prepare to travel to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, the European Commission has published guidelines to clarify their rights when travelling by air.
The aim is to clarify existing EU rules on passenger rights for disabled people and people with reduced mobility travelling by air. They deal with problems in 22 areas on access to air travel without discrimination.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport (in ENGLISH) saying that around one out of six Europeans suffer from disability. Sometimes, they are refused air travel for no good reason. Too often the rules are applied in different ways at different airports. Even in the same airline company, there is inconsistent treatment of disabled people. As disabled athletes and spectators prepare to travel around the world to the 2012 Paralympics Games, this is a good time to clarify their rights.
||Joachim Gérard, Belgian Paralympic athlete and champion of wheelchair tennis
||Cutaway of journalists
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH) saying that the sort of problems which are arising include passengers being denied boarding for no good reason, demands for medical certificates when none are needed and inconsistent ways in which the rules are applied for accompanying persons.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Joachim Gérard (in FRENCH) saying that he usually travels a lot and will be doing so in one month when going to London (for the Paralympics); adding that too often, he does not know if things will go well; sharing recent travel experiences and saying that sometimes travelling is a good experience like recent travel to Asia where all disabled athletes were treated very well; sometimes it is a bad one; explaining the bad experience of a friend who was refused to board when returning from abroad because he was not accompanied, and had to take the train back home; some other problems are sport wheelchairs being considered as excessive luggage and for which one has to pay extra money (2 shots)
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Departure of Siim Kallas and Joachim Gérard