TOKYO (AFP) – A Japanese budget airline apologised on Wednesday (June 28) for forcing a wheelchair-bound man to crawl up a set of stairs to board his flight.
Mr Hideto Kijima, 44, was returning last month to Osaka after a vacation in Amami, a small island off southern Japan, when a Vanilla Air employee told him that company safety rules banned anyone from carrying him up the stairs.
There was no lift at the small airport to move disabled passengers from the tarmac up to the jet’s door.
Mr Kijima, who is paralysed from the waist down, said in a blog that he was forced to crawl up the stairs using only his arms.
The Asahi newspaper said the man pulled himself up 17 steps.
Vanilla Air, the budget arm of major carrier All Nippon Airways, said on Wednesday that it has apologised to Mr Kijima.
“We’re sorry that we caused him that hardship,” a company spokesman …