A passenger in a wheelchair being pushed to the front of the security and screening lines is a common sight at an airport. No one expects that after clearing security, that passenger is going to jump out of the chair and rush into the terminal, travel bags in hand. But that is occurring regularly and more frequently, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. One wheelchair attendant calls these situations “miracles,” according to the report.
More able-bodied passengers are realizing that they can jump lines or get assistance with luggage by asking for a wheelchair, according to the article. A Los Angeles Airport official estimates that nearly 300 wheelchair requests per day are “bogus,” it notes. Fraudulent wheelchair requests can cause delays in providing wheelchair assistance to persons with a legitimate need for it. Under the 1986 Air Carrier Access Act, airlines must provide wheelchair assistance to any passenger who requests it.