DETROIT (WWJ) – Flying just got easier for people with disabilities thanks to a landmark case settled in Metro Detroit.
Five disabled Michigan residents have reached a settlement with the Wayne County Airport Authority and Delta Airlines after being denied equal access to air travel and facilities.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit in April 2008 by Attorney Richard Bernstein, sought to end Northwest (purchased by Delta after the suit was filed) and the Airport Authority’s failure to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Air Carrier Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
“You’ve gone from the days of leaving a disabled person on a tarmack for five hours to the days that we’re gonna now have in front of us where diabled people are now going to be vauled, are going to be made as a priority,” Bernstein said in an interview with WWJ Newsradio 950.
“I think that what happens is that through litigation you really do have social change, because the airlines realize that, you know what? It’s the right thing to do,” Bernstein said.
Hear our complete interview with Richard Bernstein: