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Ill Treated Disabled Travelers May Sue United Airlines
Handlers of United Airlines, Houston based American aviation company are struggling to stave away possible lawsuits from
aggrieved disabled customers who were abandoned at departure parkway of Nigeria’s Murtala Muhammed International Airport until the early hours of Friday.
Operators of United Airline in Lagos Nigeria committed a major aviation breach by first evacuating able-bodied stranded travelers in four buses and leaving vulnerable customers such as the blind, crippled, old women and men behind until 4.00am local time.
Affected physically challenged customers took the local agents of United Airline to task on the inappropriateness of the gross neglect, and serious violation of their rights.
The disabled travelers were later evacuated to Golden Tulip Hotel owned by United African Company (UAC), in FESTAC Town, Lagos.
Sources at United Airline based in Houston, Texas, confirmed to sharpedgenews.com that the scheduled departure of the UA143Y flight which should have left Lagos at about 10.15pm developed a major engine problem.
The airline explained that the unenvisaged arrival of a major Nigerian official first altered the timely arrival of crew members who should have effected a timely maintenance on the grounded vessel.
The source said that the crew got stuck in the traffic melee that followed the disruption caused by the Very Important Personality (VIP) who has now been identified by sharpedgenews as Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, who has always been criticized for arbitrary use of state instrument in spite of the silence of the Nation’s constitution on her role which Africa’s first Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, described as “a mere appendage of power”.
“The disabled wheel chair bound travelers were neglected to be feasted on by mosquitoes or be attacked by armed robbers while physically fit people were given prompt evacuation” confirmed an eyewitness.