Gordon Aikman, who has been left disabled by Motor Neurone Disease, is totally reliant on his wheelchair.
However his honeymoon trip to Paris was almost scuppered when Air France told him, two days before he was due to fly, that his wheelchair was too big for the hold and they couldn’t take him.
He was forced to cancel his ticket and shell out for a new one with a different airline at the last minute.
When the 30-year-old disability campaigner tweeted out news of what happened it provoked a storm of reaction.
— Gordon Aikman (@GordonAikman) February 12, 2016
“It took more than a week calling a rip off a premium number and spending a fortune asking whether I could take the wheelchair on board before I finally got an answer,” Aikman told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper.
“Finally they got back to me and told me I could not take my wheelchair with me because it was too big for the hold.
— Edinburgh News (@edinburghpaper) February 15, 2016
“I am paralysed. Life without my chair would not be worth living. It is my legs. No one would say to an able-bodied passenger 'Your legs are too big'.
“Air France needs to change the way it treats disabled people. It is disgusting they should be treating people like this in 2016.
— Daisy Collins (@_DaisyCollins_) February 12, 2016
— Richard Harries (@Scotsyank62) February 12, 2016
Air France told The Local that it was the dimensions of the wheelchair that proved to be the problem, and “regretted not conveying this information to Aikman quickly enough”.