Deaf, blind priest grounded by airline

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    A deaf and blind priest says he feels “humiliated” following an incident at the Cape International Airport on Saturday when British Airways staff refused to let him board a plane to Joburg on his own.

    On Sunday, Father Cyril Axelrod, 71, of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Bergvliet, said he spent his time between South Africa and England, where he was based, and had had no trouble flying on his own before.

    Speaking through a sign language translator, Axelrod said: “I have a relationship with a travel agent who knows my travel needs and always clarifies them to the airline beforehand.”

    Axelrod showed the Cape Argus a special tag that British Airways issued to him five years ago which has his name on it and clearly states he is allowed to travel on his own.

    But on Saturday afternoon as he was trying to check in, a BA ground crew member said she was not sure if he would be allowed to fly alone and proceeded to call a supervisor.

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