Indian paracyclist Aditya Mehta forced to remove his prosthetic limb

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Indian paracyclist Aditya Mehta was left bleeding after he was forced to remove his prosthetic limb, second time in two months, during a security check at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport.

Mr Mehta was forced to remove his prosthetic limb on Tuesday during security check at Bengaluru airport and ended up hurting himself while wearing it back as he was getting late to catch the flight.

“They forced me to remove my limb. It took me 45 minutes to wear it back. While I was wearing it inside the room, the officials asked me to come out quickly as the take-off time was nearing. In that tension I started to push my stump very hard, and when I removed the limb in my house, I found I was bleeding,” Mr Mehta told PTI on phone from Hyderabad.

Mr Mehta also said that he was carrying an injury for the last 20 days and it would be difficult for him to remove the prosthetic limb and wear it again.

Earlier on two occasions, the paracyclist was humiliated by the security personnel at Delhi and Bengaluru airports.

Mr Mehta said he pleaded with an official, who asked him remove his prosthetic limb, that it would take him at least 45 minutes to wear it back and the flight is about to take-off in next 30 minutes.
“But the officer told me ‘No, if it is an injury, it is your problem. We have to take care of security and you should allow us to do our duty’,” Aditya Mehta said.

Mr Mehta told the official on duty that he had been to three other airports but no one asked him to remove his limb. “I told them the security officials can check the ETD.”

Venting his ire on social media, Mr Mehta said despite writing to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asking for full-body scanners for disabled people be set up, no action has been taken so far.

The DGCA office in Hyderabad said that asking people with prosthetic limbs to remove them is standard operating procedure as part of security.

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