Paracyclist Aditya Mehta’s ordeal at Bengaluru airport
Bengaluru: Indian paracyclist Aditya Mehta was left bleeding after being forced to remove his prosthetic limb for a security check at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.
Similar case of humiliation was inflicted upon him two months back. Mehta had to undergo the same ordeal again when he was forced to remove his prosthetic limb on October 11 and while hurriedly wearing it back to catch a flight he ended up hurting himself.
“They forced me to remove my limb. It took 45 minutes to wear it back. While I was wearing it inside the room, the officials asked me to come out quickly as the take-off time was nearing. In that tension I started to push my stump very hard, and when I removed the limb in my house, I found I was bleeding,” Mehta said.
“At the airport the same person (Thakur Das), with whom I had an issue at the airport, was there and he asked me to get into a room and remove the limb,” he said.
According to reports, Mehta had pleaded with officials that “if I remove the prosthetic limb it will take another 45 minutes to wear it back and departure time of my flight is just 30 minutes from now.”
But officials refused to heed his request and forced him to remove his artificial limb.
But, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials said that asking the passengers to remove prosthetic limbs is a standard operating procedure and it is a part of security drill.
Expressing his anger on the social media, Mehta said despite writing to the DGCA for providing complete body scanners for checking the physically disabled, no action has been taken so far.