Settlement reached in Detroit Metro Airport case

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Access to the Air

The Detroit Metro Airport has agreed to bring back pick-up and drop-off services at its international arrivals section, in response to a lawsuit filed by a disability rights group.

In September, the Wayne County Airport Authority halted the services, on the basis that it would reduce congestion in the area, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Shortly after, Michael Harris, executive director of the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America, filed a lawsuit against the Airport Authority, on the basis that the decision placed the area in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s accessibility standards. He was represented by attorneys Jason M. Turkish and Melissa M. Nyman, from Southfield, MI.

On October 17, the Airport Authority settled the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. In doing so, it agreed to allow the Michigan Flyer-Air Ride bus service to continue operating, as well as to create a system to ensure that people with disabilities and the elderly receive assistance traveling the 600 feet from the drop-off point to the terminal.

“We’re really getting what we wanted to get,” Harris told the Detroit News. “We’re getting an airport that people will be able to access in a safe environment. I believe it’s a win for (the airport) because the traveling public, able and disabled, will have an enjoyable flying experience.”

One response to “Settlement reached in Detroit Metro Airport case

  1. This is very good news. I would love to bring a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey:
    in New Jersey taxicabs are defined as private transportation and a fleet only needs to have an accessible vehicle if they have a van. SUVs are not defined as far as I could tell, but are not considered Vans for this law. I live about 20 miles from the airport so to get home from the airport. I can take a New York City cab to the George Washington Port Authority terminal for $40, and grab a free bus to my home. Alternately, I can use a New Jersey accessible van service for $240. The port authority of New Jersey/New York allows accessible New York City taxis to pick up passengers at the airport and there is a fixed fare into Manhattan.
    As a start, I’d like to start a lawsuit against Babes taxi in Fort Lee because they now have a van. You have a New Jersey attorney who might be able to help me?

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