An Uva Provincial Council member has filed action against an international airline claiming damages that he was treated in an `unprofessional and discourteous manner` as a disabled passenger while on a flight to Frankfurt early this year.The member, Senarath Attanayake, a lawyer and also an ex-minister of the Uva Provincial Council, who has to use a wheelchair to get about is claiming Rs. 10 million from Qatar Airways for the alleged ill-treatment.
He has filed a case in the Colombo District Courts claiming he had informed Classic Travels, his travel agent, to inform Qatar Airways that he has to use a wheelchair and that he will be using two wheelchairs-one electric and the other a manual- during his trip to Frankfurt via Doha, Qatar. He was flying to attend an international exhibition.
He claims that when he arrived at Frankfurt he was informed that the two wheelchairs had been misplaced by the airline. Thus causing him inconvenience.
He said the wheelchairs were returned to him only two days later and he had to obtain an alternative mode of transport on his own accord while the airline authorities did not help him in anyway.
He also said the wheel chairs were returned to him damaged and with parts missing.
He said that due to the negligence of the airline authorities he could not carry out his marketing strategy at the exhibition.
Mr. Attanayake had requested Qatar Airways to donate a sum of Rs 100,000 to a disabled home as compensation but since there was no response from the authorities concerned he therefore claimed Rs. 10 million as compensation for the irresponsible and discourteous treatment meted to him.