Last summer I had to do a lot of flying to see my father. He was close to dying. Everytime I go to the airport I always sign up for Special Services. So I expect to get the kind of help I need with my hearing loss. Luckily my dad is ok now.
When I was at the gate I asked the attendant to wave to me when it was time to board. And then after I was on the plane they did the safety demonstations like usual. But it was not done in sign language and it was not captioned. It's always done the same old way year after year.
I'm a very good lipreader but the demonstrations are usually done over the speakers. So I can't hear or understand a word being said. This has been nothing new. When we landed I walked off with my hearing dog. There was a young man waiting with a wheelchair with my name on a sign.
At first I didn't get why that was for me, I thought maybe it was for my dog. But yet both me and Douglas have no trouble walking though the airport. I actually found it quite insulting that the airline would send me a wheelchair when I didn't need one. Did they actually think if you were deaf you needed to use a wheelchair?
No really, someone needs to educate the staff on this airline on what the needs of the deaf passengers are. And by the way I felt very sorry for the young boy wasting his time waiting for me with the wheelchair. I had to decline it.