[fcb-l] air port suit
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Thu Mar 31 13:56:51 GMT 2011
Please have a safe trip. I'll be sending you the, as yet, unnamed
newsletter from the chapter. I think there is to be a contest to name the
newsletter. Please tell George that we think we have a new equipment
manager. Robert Black has stepped forward and volunteered to do this job at
least for now. We'll keep you in our prayers. LOVE to you both.
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Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:19 AM
Subject: [fcb-l] air port suit
> Please note that a title ii entity is being sued here. I think this is
> the correct route to take.
> Blind Sue Airport Over Ticket Kiosks
> By NICK DIVITO
> LAS VEGAS (CN) - McCarran International Airport's self-service ticketing
> kiosks violate the civil rights of blind passengers, the National
> Federation of
> the Blind claims in a federal class action on behalf of its 50,000
> The airport, which is owned by Clark County, uses 180 kiosks "in its
> terminals and concourses as the primary means for airline passengers to
> information from and engage in transactions with air carriers at
> McCarran," the complaints states. The kiosks provide flight information,
> print tickets,
> allow passengers select seats, check bags and upgrade tickets.
> "By deploying automated 'common use self-service' ticketing kiosks at
> McCarran International Airport that are inaccessible to blind customers,"
> airport and Clark County are "denying blind persons the use of the ...
> kiosks" offered to "non-disabled airline passengers," the complaint
> Because the kiosks "make it possible for travelers to obtain
> information and process transactions without assistance from others," they
> provide "sighted
> air travelers numerous, unique benefits, including convenience, privacy
> and independence."
> But the kiosks are "inaccessible to blind individuals because the
> machines use exclusively visual computer screen prompts and flat panel
> navigation to guide a customer through a transaction without translating
> the prompts into a medium accessible to the blind, such as audio output or
> raised buttons," according to the complaint.
> There are companies that use such technologies to make the flat panel
> touch-screen kiosks accessible to the blind, but the federation says Clark
> "has refused" to purchase them.
> Plaintiffs Alan and Billie Ruth Schlank, a blind couple from
> Arlington, Va., travel to Las Vegas regularly to use their time-share, but
> "have been
> unable to use the ... kiosks independently because [they] require sight to
> operate," according to the complaint. "Mr. and Mrs. Schlank are faced with
> dilemma of having to wait for an airline employee to assist them with the
> check-in process, or having to provide sensitive, private information to a
> stranger who can access the ... kiosks for them."
> Other named plaintiffs with similar complaints include Joyce Pratt of
> Gillette, N.J., who is blind and who flies regularly into McCarran Airport
> visit her family; and Mark Ardeon, of Seattle, who is blind and "desires
> to fly into and out of McCarran while vacationing in Las Vegas."
> The organization seeks corrective action and unspecified damages for
> the named plaintiffs, for violations of the Americans with Disabilities
> Act and
> the Rehabilitation Act.
> Plaintiffs are represented by Eric Taylor with Alverson, Taylor,
> Mortensen & Sanders.
> Paul Edwards, Director
> North Campus Access Services
> Room 6113
> 11380 Northwest 27 Avenue
> Miami, FL 33167
> Work Phone: (305) 237-1146
> Work Fax (305) 237-1831
> Home Phone: (305) 692-9206
> Cell Phone: (305) 984-0909
> Work Email: paul.edwards at mdc.edu
> Home Email: edwpaul at bellsouth.net
> ABILITY COUNTS
> "Please Note:
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> communications to or from College employees regarding College business are
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