Paraplegic Athlete Left ‘Humiliated’ After Having To Drag Himself Across Airport Floor

Paraplegic athlete Justin Levene is suing Luton Airport after claiming he had to drag himself across the floor in front when his wheelchair didn’t arrive.

 

 

Levene’s self-propelled wheelchair had been left behind on a flight, meaning he had to pull himself along the airport floor. Staff apparently offered to push him in a rigid, high-backed chair, but Levene declined as he felt it stripped him of his independence.

 

he had to pull himself along the airport floor

 

Levene said he felt ‘humiliated’, adding: “I was angry that none of the staff seemed to understand the position or seemed to have any empathy for what was happening.”

He believes that there should be a greater acknowledgement of how important independence is for disabled travelers.

 

Paraplegic athlete Justin Levene is suing Luton Airport after claiming he had to drag himself across the floor in front when his wheelchair didn't arrive

 

After Levene coughed and herniated a disc at the age of 20, an operation to fix the issue went wrong. This mean he was left paralyzed below the waist. He now relies on his self-propelling wheelchair, which he says is a huge part of his self-sufficiency – having overcome his adversity to become an international wheelchair athlete, as well as a trainer and mentor to other disabled athletes.

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