Forced to remove prosthetic leg at Bengaluru airport: Aditya Mehta

Aditya Mehta wrote about his experience in a Facebook post and called for better treatment of differently-abled people.

Written by Santosh Kumar R B | Bengaluru | Updated: October 14, 2016 11:07 am
aditya mehta, aditya mehta Para-cyclist, aditya mehta cyclist, bengaluru airport, aditya mehta para athlete, sports news, sports Aditya Mehta is a silver-medallist at the Asian Para-Cycling Championship 2013. (Source: Facebook)

A para-cyclist from Hyderabad was reportedly forced to remove his prosthetic leg during the security check at Bengaluru airport on Tuesday, even though he pleaded that the process was slow and could cause bleeding.

Aditya Mehta wrote about his experience in a Facebook post and called for better treatment of differently-abled people.

Responding to the allegations, CISF said its officials were only following security procedures.

In his post, Mehta said that CISF officials forced him to undo and redo his prothesis before he was to board a 5.30 am flight from Bengaluru to Hyderabad. “I have been suffering an injury since the past 20 days with my stump (operated limb) and the security check officials only said, ‘It is your problem’, in this regard. It took me 40 minutes to remove and wear my prosthetic limb which left me bleeding at the end,” Mehta wrote.

“Many of the officials at other airports were sensible enough to understand when I told them about my injury and they let me go. But at the Kempegowda Airport, the same officer Mr. Thakur Das, who was very rude the previous time, gave me an equally humiliating treatment this time too,” he added. Mehta was referring to another incident when he was allegedly humiliated over his prosthetic leg.

The para-cyclist, who lost his leg following an accident, said airport authorities must set up body scanners to prevent humiliation of differently-abled people, and called for sensitisation of CISF personnel. “This isn’t just my personal battle… I am here to stand for my people and make a change. A shoutout to the concerned authorities — fall in line and change the system. Else, be ready to bear the heat,” he said.

The CISF said that policies on security at airports were made by decision-makers. “We are just executing orders to check air passengers. The matter raised by Mehta was related to change of policy, and if they really want to change the procedures they have to approach the concerned department and agencies,” DC-PRO for CISF Manjit Singh said.

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    CNS
    Oct 14, 2016 at 7:04 am
    Hilt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I, as a Prosthetic Surgeon, have been dealing with amputees for over a decade now. And I am proud to say that some of my best friends are amputees. Them and I have founded the Phoenix Bravehearts, a biking group. Recently we conquered the Khardung-Lalt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There is absolutely nothing wrong in the CISF personnel asking the amputees to remove the prosthetics.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;One has to realise that this process is done to ensure the security of the airport and aircraft and thus of thousands of people. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The design of any artificial limb is such that it can easily conceal any of the several dangerous and banned items. In fact a bomb can be made in the design of a functional artificial limb.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There are lakhs of amputees in the country. If the plea of the article was implemented, It would be easily possible for any terrorist organisation to recruit an amputee and thus attack an aircraft.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This matter has been debated several times. What the sensible amputees convey is that they be accorded suitable privacy and priority at the airport so that they can don and doff the limb in dignity.
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    Ramesh
    Oct 13, 2016 at 10:37 pm
    Security procedures cannot be lapsed for anyone. I suggest that even bureaucrats and diplomats should be put through the same security check as common people. These days body scanners are a much to pre-empt dangerous situations. #istandbyindianforces #salutetheindiandefenceforces #iloveindia Bharat Mata Ki Jai! Jai Hindi!
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