American Airlines AA1699 from Orlando MCO 1130 am to Chicago ORD (arrive 1.25 pm)
DRAFT BETA VERSION
many parts of this hellish experience was recorded on my sony dictaphone . the mp3 files when i have time. request it if u need it faster.
*not so much
*no email-confirmation that i emailed them via aa.com about this trip (again)
*time-waste +lengthy arguing + energy draining + tiresome - bottom line it took me about 1hour 10 minutes of arguing to get 3 instead of 2 bags w medical equipment checked in for free DESPITE having AGAIN written several days before bat flight (this version 4 days margin PLUS having written AND talked w supervisor + employees several WEEKS AGO also about thie flight + the other 2 AA flights I did on this trip.
*consequence 1: stress, pressure, being late & last onboard
*consequence 2: no time to use restroom, but gate crew let me when they heard my arguments + saw i was recording on sony dictaphone. But they added "it has to be quick cause we have already boarded everybody". This stressed my assistant so much that she forgot the peeing-bottle at the gate, so I couldn't pee anyway -> had hold it ca 4 HOURS!
* WHEN we arrived I had to use a restroom FAR AWAY so I had to hold it even longer…
* 2 bags missing at luggage tray + American Airlines employee 'Yolanda' (?) refused to speak to me or even look at me (TALKED TO everyone else) until I stood up 183cm tall (with my stand-up-wheelchair from Lifestand / www.permobil.se).
I've done 3 flights w AA this vacation. Same terribly draining time-wasting arguing all 3 flights - see previous posts in this blog.
IF I travel again, it WON'T BE with American Airlines. I don't mind paying for normal luggage like everybody else IF its CLEARLY visible when I pay for tickets/compare w other airlines! I BOUGHT my tickets on Expedia and was NOT informed you had to PAY EXTRA on top of ticket to check-in even 1 bag. But I STILL payed for my non-medical-equipment/non-activities-of-daily-living-gear-bags + bags of my personal care assistant. Both in Dallas jan 2 + today jan 30 in Orlando. This dishonest practice (hiking ticket price AFTER tickets have been bough) explains why AA no longer are on Expedia or Orbitz.
WHAT I WROTE ANY DAYS BEFORE THE FLIGHT:
I have included this flight in writing and calling abt previous 2 other aa flights ive done recently. To be sure I write again:
I use wheelchair and have special needs. I travel with 2 PCAs (personal care assistants), have neurological hereditary Friedreich’s Ataxia, Diabetes2 etc. I need MUCH medical equipment, some of which I cannot risk losing in check-in luggage!
1) assistance 'WCHC' all the way to seat, cannot walk. cannot transfer. i weigh 68 kg.
2) use my own manual wheelchair w dry cell battery to stand up. weight 29kg, other measurments:
see specs in previous entry to AA regarding previous aa flight American Airlines (AA) from Chicago to Dallas flight 2337 dec 27 at 340pm + my summary on flight on my Blog abt Discrimination: http://otillganglighet-diskriminering.blogspot.com/2010/12/american-airlines-chicago-to-dallas.html
3) FOR NO CHARGE bring 3 EXTRA PIECES OF CHECK-IN + EXTRA CARRY ON, all with medical equipment, luggage looks normal (NOT bright red etc!!??) - see list in above mentioned blog
3.5) FOR NO CHARGE bring 2 EXTRA PIECES OF CARRY ON (medical equipment)
4) my wheelchair gets stored in special holding area of aircraft + is brought to airplanes exit when landed + assistance is there SO WE CAN EXIT DIRECTLY AFTER LAST ABLE-BODIED PASSENGER.
5) plz confirm all this via EMAIL so i can print and bring EVIDENCE to check-in: firstname.lastname@example.org