Disabled Teen, 19, Kicked off Ryanair Flight After his Electric Wheelchair Sparked “Explosion” Fears
A diabled teen in a battery powered wheelchair was taken off a Ryanair flight because "there was a danger of explosion", it is claimed.
Noel Diaz, 19, from Aachen in Germany, was traveling to Alicante in Spain to spend time with relatives for Christmas and New Year's.
Noel was already seated on a Ryanair flight in Cologne-Bonn Airport with his dad Jose, but was removed from the flight because of "safety reasons".
Jose said he is "well aware of the rules when it comes to taking his wheelchair on a plane. Prior to departure, Noel and his dad booked the tickets and cleared the paperwork with the airline where they provided them with the exact type of electric battery that powers the wheelchair.
Jose said: "My severely disabled boy and I just had our seat belts fastened when the flight crew asked us to leave the aircraft.
"They said Noel's wheelchair 'could not be transported because of safety reasons'. They said there was a danger of explosion."
Despite their protests Noel and Jose said they had to leave the flight.
Jose said: "The Ryanair personnel were tough as nails, heaving my defenseless boy out of the plane seat, pushing him onto the tarmac."
The pair had to spend Christmas and New Year's Eve in Aachen, rather than in Alicante.
Noel's mum, Natalia, said her son does not want to board a plane again.
She said: "It will take some time until he has processed this trauma. As usual we had to specify when booking that we travel with electric wheelchair, what kind of wheelchair it is, the weight, size, which battery, etc. I have not experienced anything like this before."
Ryanair say wheelchair batteries must be dry/gel cell or lithium-ion batteries.
It must have its battery disconnected during the flight.
A spokesman for the budget airline said: "All battery operated wheelchairs must be deactivated for the flight duration, in line with safety regulation, and the battery power must be isolated to prevent inadvertent activation.
This incident comes after RyanAir kicked Kathleen Dunne, 81, and her son Gary, 53 from Liverpool flight because his wheelchair would not "fold up".
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