January 26, 2018

The Blind Side Podcast 70, Delta’s new animal policy a threat to guide dog handlers’ freedom of movement

In the first episode for 2018, Jonathan discusses The Daily Fibre, a new technology magazine show with news and analysis, heard every week day on Mushroom FM.


There's a summary of some stories about blindness issues making news around the world, including the banning of the word "blind" from legislation in Pakistan, and protection of the exclusive right for blind people to be massage therapists in South Korea.


Our main feature this week relates to Delta Airlines in the United States requiring all people travelling with animals in the cabin, including guide dog handlers, to submit documentation at least 48 hours before they fly. This will make it impossible for guide dog handlers to use Delta to travel for urgent matters such as a family bereavement or an urgent business trip. Penny Reader is President of Guide Dog Users Incorporated, an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. She joins us to discuss the problems caused by untrained animals in airline cabins, and what might be done to reverse this policy for handlers of guide dogs.



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