BBC reporter slams airline over wheelchair assistance

Frank Gardner left waiting on Easyjet plane for 30 minutes after landing

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BBC reporter criticises airline over wheelchair assistance


BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner has told how he was left waiting for half an hour on an empty Easyjet plane for wheelchair assistance over the weekend.

Mr Gardner has used a wheelchair since he was left partially paralysed during an attack while reporting from Saudi Arabia in 2004.

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He complained about the lack of timely wheelchair assistance on a return flight from the French Alps on Sunday night, according to the BBC and the Guardian.

He was reportedly left waiting for assistance for at Gatwick Airport for half an hour after all the other passengers had disembarked.

Mr Gardner shared pictures and his frustration on social media. One image showed him on an empty plane and he wrote: "Once more stuck on empty plane at Gatwick Airport after all passengers off and heading home as special assistance have failed to turn up."


He also shared a picture saying he has experienced the issue at other airports outside the UK.



After a tweet expressing his disappointment, Frank said that the companies involved were investigating.


Easyjet has apologised for the incident and confirmed it has raised the issue with the firm that provides special assistance at Gatwick.

A spokesperson told Aol Travel: "Easyjet is sorry that Mr Gardner was delayed around 30 minutes upon arrival at London Gatwick, cabin crew remained with him during the delay. We have taken this up with OCS who are the special assistance provider to all airlines at London Gatwick airport and are in contact with Mr Gardner about his experience."

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