Court action over Australian airline's wheelchair policy

Court action over Australian airline's wheelchair policy

Court action over Australian airline's wheelchair policy

Updated 19 December 2011, 14:56 AEDT

The low-cost airline Virgin Blue's policy on disabled passengers has led to action in the Federal Court in Sydney.

Jackie May and Morris Corcoran, who are both wheelchair users, were told that if they wanted to fly with the airline, they would have to pay for carers to travel with them, even though both live independently.

Robin Banks, of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, says Virgin Blue is making flying costs for disabled passengers too expensive.

"We say, you know, it's no less a safety issue for anybody who flies," Ms Banks said.

"You know, in an emergency, you don't know who's going to end up incapable of following instructions, and you know, hopefully nobody will, but our clients are no different from any other person who's flying - they may need assistance and they may not".

The case is due to resume in September.