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Airline forces paralyzed man to drag himself up stairs to plane after flight attendants prohibited friends to carry him on board

By Mason White 1:44 PM June 30, 2017
Hideto Kijima
Hideto Kijima
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) A disabled man of Japan, was shocked that employees of Vanilla Air forced him to crawl up the stairs to a plane on his own.

44-year-old Hideto Kijima, who is the head of Japan Accessible Tourism Centre, said that he flew to many countries with multiple airlines and never encountered such an incident.

The incident unfolded as Kijima was trying to board a flight from Amami to Osaka. Kijima made his way through the airport and runway in his wheelchair as he is paralyzed from the waist down.

When he reached the stairs of the plane, flight attendants told him that he could not board the aircraft as there was no lift to get him on board.

Kijima’s friends volunteered to lift him up the stars, but staff refused to allow them to do that citing safety concerns.

Kijima then began crawling up the stars using his hands over the objections from flight attendants because he wanted to get home.

Later, Kijima filed a complaint with the tourism ministry. All Nippon Airways, which owns Vanilla Air, apologized to Kijima after receiving the complaint from the government.

Kijima called the incident a human rights violation.