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Old 08-27-2019, 05:10 PM
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On Sunday I flew SW Air from FLL to MDW. I counted 16 people in wheel chairs. Many were attended by several people all boarding early. When we landed only four chairs were requested. There were also several people that could clearly walk easily that boarded early. Granted not all ailments are visible but the airlines should clamp down on abuse. I paid up for early boarding. The five or six young adults that were with the wheelchair people could have waited. Ended up seated 12 rows back. Rant over.
Old 08-27-2019, 05:16 PM
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They're always folks looking to get over!! I say you must show proof that you are officially handicapped with carry placard. Just like law enforcement cracking down on people using other people's handicapped placards. Now they put your name on it!
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It's only one of the reasons I don't fly SWA.......
Old 08-27-2019, 05:19 PM
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Hey guys, found the guy who doesn’t know the wheelchair trick yet!

Kidding... I fly every other week, at least. I’m convinced that there are 4 types of on every flight - assholes, drunks, people that fly every other week and dogs. Convince me otherwise!
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CBS ran a story on this. It's evidently been an issue for years.
Old 08-27-2019, 05:24 PM
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If you're not in first class getting free drinks why would you want to board early? I'm a broke-ass, I fly coach or economy or if I'm flying for work they're going to book me on Frontier or the cheapest flight is, no way I want to be cooped up any longer than needed!
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"Service Dogs" are another painful issue.....
Old 08-27-2019, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by EMC Pursuit View Post
"Service Dogs" are another painful issue.....
Their is a HUGE difference between Service Dogs and Therapy , Emotional Support Dogs
Old 08-27-2019, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
On Sunday I flew SW Air from FLL to MDW. I counted 16 people in wheel chairs. Many were attended by several people all boarding early. When we landed only four chairs were requested. There were also several people that could clearly walk easily that boarded early. Granted not all ailments are visible but the airlines should clamp down on abuse. I paid up for early boarding. The five or six young adults that were with the wheelchair people could have waited. Ended up seated 12 rows back. Rant over.
pony up and private charter. Board whenever you want.
Old 08-27-2019, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
Their is a HUGE difference between Service Dogs and Therapy , Emotional Support Dogs
Yep, I was somewhere and someone was claiming their dog was a service dog. If your animal is not officially registered as a service animal with the proper organization, it ain't no service animal!
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Why do you want to get on the plane early? Give me an aisle seat and sliding in last minute any day of the week.
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How about the one family member that pays for advanced boarding and then tries to save seats for the others who didn’t!!! Last flight we watched this and if I was looking for a seat the young ladies bags that were holding 3 seats would have been placed in the overhead compartment!!!
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Originally Posted by Amonte1965 View Post
How about the one family member that pays for advanced boarding and then tries to save seats for the others who didn’t!!! Last flight we watched this and if I was looking for a seat the young ladies bags that were holding 3 seats would have been placed in the overhead compartment!!!
Haa I wish I would go to sit and someone tell me they're holding a seat for someone else!
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Originally Posted by mrcllusb View Post
Yep, I was somewhere and someone was claiming their dog was a service dog. If your animal is not officially registered as a service animal with the proper organization, it ain't no service animal!
I believe you are mistaken, which organization do you think is in charge? As far as I know there are only two questions the airline / hotel / restaurant can legally ask, "Is this your service animal?" and "What specific task or tasks is he trained to do for you?"

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How about the one family member that pays for advanced boarding and then tries to save seats for the others who didn’t!!! Last flight we watched this and if I was looking for a seat the young ladies bags that were holding 3 seats would have been placed in the overhead compartment!!!
What airline doesn't assign seats?
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Originally Posted by mrcllusb View Post
Yep, I was somewhere and someone was claiming their dog was a service dog. If your animal is not officially registered as a service animal with the proper organization, it ain't no service animal!
That's the issue. There is no official "proper organization" and in many states it is illegal to demand proof of "certification."

Specifically in Florida, the term “service animal” is limited to a dog or miniature horse per state statues. Further "Documentation that the service animal is trained is not a precondition for providing service to an individual accompanied by a service animal. A public accommodation may not ask about the nature or extent of an individual’s disability. To determine the difference between a service animal and a pet, a public accommodation may ask if an animal is a service animal required because of a disability and what work or tasks the animal has been trained to perform."

Oh yeah, its a 2nd degree misdemeanor to violate the above...


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Originally Posted by Craash420 View Post
I believe you are mistaken, which organization do you think is in charge? As far as I know there are only two questions the airline / hotel / restaurant can legally ask, "Is this your service animal?" and "What specific task or tasks is he trained to do for you?"
As a service member, I can tell you that there is an official registry for actual service animals. Service animals have to receive official training and a completion certification before they can be officially a service animal. You cannot just claim that your animal is a service animal. There is an official difference between a service animal and an emotional support animal.
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Originally Posted by Craash420 View Post



What airline doesn't assign seats?
You obviously have never flown SouthWest....
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Originally Posted by EMC Pursuit View Post
You obviously have never flown SouthWest....
so is this like greyhound of air travel?

that sounds miserable
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https://adata.org/publication/service-animals-booklet
Old 08-27-2019, 06:05 PM
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I travel a lot for work, also missing a limb. It’s a helluva easier to hump my bag overhead without 80 rejects floating around...my legs may work, but I’m getting on early.

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