Para-cyclist Aditya Mehta forced to remove prosthetic leg at Bengaluru airport; process causes bleeding

Para-cyclist Aditya Mehta was forced to remove his prosthetic leg at Bengaluru airport for the second time in two months.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 13, 2016 11:49 am
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Just two months ago, para-cyclist Aditya Mehta was asked to remove his prosthetic leg at the Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) as part of a security check. Once again, on Tuesday, Mehta was asked to do the same by the same officer.

Mehta, a silver-medallist at the Asian Para-Cycling Championship 2013, said the incident left a “psychological scar” as he was forced to remove the prosthetic leg by the Central Industrial Reserve Force (CISF), while boarding a flight to Hyderabad on Tuesday morning. He had to wear it back, a process that takes 40 minutes and it led to bleeding from his leg.

“Seems like the Bangalore Airport Central Industrial Security Force{cisf}Officials are not influenced at all by our previous campaign to replace the present security check system with a sensitized one. This morning when I had to board a flight from Bangalore at 5:30 am to Hyderabad, the CISF officials made me undo and redo my prosthesis during the security check. I have been suffering with an injury since the past 20 days with my stump (OPERATED LIMB) and the security check officials only had to say “It is your problem!” in this regards. It took me 40 min for the entire process of removing and wearing back my prosthesis limb which left me bleeding at the end. (sic),” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Mehta, who travels around the country, added that it was not a problem at other airports as they would allow him to go through without asking him to remove his prosthetic leg. “Many of the officials at other airports were sensible enough to understand when I told them about my injury and they let me go,” he wrote.

After the first incident in Bengaluru in August, a campaign asking for the setting up of body scanners at airports for persons with disabilities had began but nothing seems to have changed at the city’s airport.