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Friday, November 30, 2012

AMERICAN AIRLINES SHOULD BE FINED -- PART 2


WHEELCHAIR USERS ARE ABUSED
AGAIN AND AGAIN BY AIR CARRIERS

When Heidi’s compact, but expensive wheelchair gets stowed in cargo, it breaks.

We currently are awaiting a damage assessment from American, to see if it will even pay to fix the damage it did.

Of course the air carrier will never offer to compensate us for the hour wasted at the airport, waiting in a long line to deal with poorly trained baggage complaint people.

Nor will they compensate us for the pain Heidi suffered when the wheelchair malfunctioned as a result of American’s damage.

She hurt her hip and will suffer for weeks.

This unacceptable disability discrimination from American Airlines is an almost exact repeat from the week between Christmas and New Year’s 2011.

Our sad tale of how disabled consumers are forced to fly the unfriendly skies continues tomorrow December 1.




Thursday, November 29, 2012

AMERICAN AIRLINES SHOULD BE FINED -- PART 1


WHEELCHAIR USERS ARE ABUSED
AGAIN AND AGAIN BY AIR CARRIERS

We sat down to write about our nearly perfect trip to Mexico City last year.

It was facilitated by our outstanding hosts at the St. Regis Hotel Mexico City.

What wasn’t perfect?

Our treatment from American Airlines.
American, and all airlines, treat disabled people horribly.

We never have risked ruining Heidi’s $20,000 power wheelchair by putting it in the hands of American Airlines.

We have been burned time and time again even when traveling with a simple, lightweight manual wheelchair.

It happened again this Thanksgiving, with American refusing to place Heidi’s collapsible little wheelchair into the closet on board.

Our sad tale of how disabled consumers are forced to fly the unfriendly skies continues tomorrow November 30.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

HOTEL VERITE NEW YORK -- PART 7



THE PERFECT BOUTIQUE HOTEL FOR UNION SQUARE, THE FLATIRON DISTRICT AND BEYOND

We can’t think of a better place to escape cookie cutter chain hotel boredom.

Verite even has one room designed for wheelchair users, with a roll-in shower.

The zen-like lobby is up a few steps from the main entrance, but there is a level ground entrance off Broadwa for wheelchair users.

Verite, we’re sorry we ever doubted you.

We’ll recommend you to all our friends and be back to stay in the spring.

HOTEL VERITE
13 E. 19th Street
New York, NY 10003
T (646) 398 - 9664
http://www.veritehotel.com

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

HOTEL VERITE NEW YORK -- PART 6

THE PERFECT BOUTIQUE HOTEL FOR UNION SQUARE, THE FLATIRON DISTRICT AND BEYOND

The bathroom was about a third the size of the entire guest room.

That allowed for a very luxurious shower with endless warm water and no leaks.

The room had a little desk that was perfect for finishing the day’s work tasks and thumbing through our Ipad to see if we could catch a jazz show at the Vanguard.

The ordered wakeup calls were right on time.
Back stowage was safe and secure.
The bed was super comfy.

Hotel Verite thumbs up review continues tomorrow November 28

Monday, November 26, 2012

HOTEL VERITE NEW YORK -- PART 5



THE PERFECT BOUTIQUE HOTEL FOR UNION SQUARE, THE FLATIRON DISTRICT AND BEYOND

There is a delightful skylight that more than makes up for a window.

A remote by the bed controlled the skylight – so no light waking you up when you wanted blackout darkness.

The shut skylight made this the quietest room we’ve ever had in New York.

We’ve spent small fortunes and slept in every neighborhood in town – nothing was as quiet as Verite.

The subway rumbles right below, but it’s actually kind of pleasant in an urban sort of way.

We never heard a fellow guest or a blaring siren from outside.

Hotel Verite thumbs up review continues tomorrow November 27