Disabled get a raw deal at Brisbane Airport

I SPOKE yesterday about bringing my elderly mother up to visit my family in Ipswich.

Dealing with her inability to walk more than a few paces introduced me into the world of those who suffer the same issues.

While disability access areas and toilets are now commonplace, you do discover where these facilities are well below par.

That was the case at Brisbane domestic airport where access for passengers with disabilities is poor to say the least.

Dropping a passenger off at the airport to get on a flight and picking them up is a disgrace.

The airport in its wisdom provides no direct drop-off access to the domestic terminal other than a small disabled parking area more than 200m from the front door of the terminal.

It seems incredulous that you have to navigate over two roads, while leaving your car parked unattended.

If you don't have a disability sticker on your window and you can't find an airport parking officer to explain your reason for leaving the car unattended you risk getting a fine.

The walk across is not covered and is far from smooth. making the use of a walking frame difficult especially in wet weather.

It seems that everyone knows about the problems, yet Brisbane Airport has done nothing to fix it.



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