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Disabled holidaymakers advised to check travel insurance

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Disabled holidaymakers have been advised to check their travel insurance to make sure it covers key areas.

 

Brian Seaman, head of consultancy at Tourism for All, says individuals with a disability should ensure they have enough medication with them to last the trip and to check any accommodation they plan to stay in has sufficient facilities to cover their needs: "You may need to ask a few questions about the facilities; even if it says it is accessible you should find out whether it meets your particular needs."

 

New European legislation is coming into force from July this year that means airports will now be responsible for meeting the needs of disabled travellers as approximately two million disabled passengers use UK airports each year.

 

A recent survey carried out by Leonard Cheshire Disability found that 37 per cent of disabled passengers have experienced negative attitudes from airport staff and those onboard flights.

 

Travel insurance: News update: June 2008

 

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