Airports leave disabled passengers behind
Deborah Thomas et al. v.
Northwest Airlines Corporation and Wayne County Airport Authority
Suit alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Air Carrier Access Act, and Rehabilitation Act. The suit claimed that disabled passengers had been dropped to the floor, denied accessible parking, and had their wheelchairs damaged, among other violations. A facility audit of the airport was conducted, uncovering several violations of the ADA. Ultimately, the parties reached a settlement resulting in multiple renovations and new services provided by Defendants to bring their facilities nationwide and internationally into compliance with the ADA.
Suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against Northwest Airlines (now Delta) and the Wayne County Airport Authority on behalf of five disabled passengers.