Scammers using wheelchairs to ship airport security queues

According to airline workers there are travellers with no disabilities using wheelchairs to jump to the front of security lines and then get up and walk once through. This is not actually illegal as federal regulations mandate that travellers are provided with wheelchairs when requested and staff need not ask for proof of disability.

Staff said that they expect these scams on busier flights with heightened security. They also call these ‘miracle flights’ as travellers that have needs assistance and a wheel chair seem to be able to just walk off the flight at the end of the journey.

Kelly Skyles, a flight attendant and the national safety and security coordinator for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents American Airlines attendants said ‘We’d say there was a miracle because they all needed a wheelchair getting on, but not getting off.’

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