Court of Appeal rule on unlawful discrimination: Ross v Ryan Air & Stanstead Airport (2004)

February 2005

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The Court of Appeal held that the policy of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 was to provide disabled persons with access to services as close as it was reasonably possible to get to the standard normally offered to the able bodied. Here the Court ruled that Ryanair had discriminated against the appellant, Mr Ross, who suffers from cerebral palsy and arthritis, contrary to part III of the Act. Ryanair insisted on charging for the use of a wheelchair to get from check in to the aircraft each time the service was used. Ryanair accepted that Mr Ross had been the victim of unlawful discrimination but contended that Stanstead Airport should also be liable. Mr Ross appealed on those grounds and the Court found that the Airport could not escape liability and was guilty of unlawful discrimination contrary to section 19(1)(b) of the 1995 Act.

Source: Times Law Reports 11 January 2005

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