It what could be considered a case of karmic justice last week, a French judge found easyJet guilty of discrimination, for denying passage to three disabled passengers in 2008 and 2009. It’s long been the British air carrier’s contention that if you can’t walk unassisted to the emergency exit, then you can’t fly without a companion. They claim it’s a matter of health and safety.
Well, apparently a French judge disagreed with that assessment, as he fined the airline 70,000 euros. He also ordered easyJet to pay each of the three plaintiffs 2500 euros in damages.
So will easyJet change it’s tune? Well, in my not-so-humble opinion, it’s not bloody likely. In fact just last week, Cambridge business man Dr Martin Sabry was booted off an easyJet flight, after the purser deemed him unfit to travel unaccompanied because he couldn’t walk to the emergency exit.
Truth be told, I’ve been writing about easyJet for years — and not in a good way — and they’re still treating disabled passengers in the same discriminatory manner.
Well, at least the French courts are doing something about it; and apparently that’s a precedent that’s going to continue, as the airline faces similar charges in another case in Paris in March.
I think easyJet has finally met its match. And that’s a very good thing!