Independence HS football coach says airline didn’t accommodate his disability

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Tyler Schilhabel, the Independence High School Football coach, is calling foul on United Airlines for not doing enough to accommodate his paralysis during recent flights.

On Facebook, Schilhabel says he and his wife flew to the Dominican Republic for their honeymoon.

He says the plane had no ramp or elevator to help him off the plane and his chair was too big.

He says he had to scoot down the aisle floor and essentially hopped down the stairs to get to his wheelchair.

He says it happened again during a connecting flight in Chicago, on the way home.

UPDATE (Jan. 7): On Monday, United Airlines issued the following statement to 17 News.

“We are proud to operate an airline that doesn’t just include people with disabilities but welcomes them as customers.  In fact, thousands of people with disabilities fly United every day.  That said, this incident falls far short of our own high standard of caring for our customers.  We have been in touch with the customer to apologize and assure him that the errors that led to this situation are extremely rare.”

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