Part of a Whole

My name is Nicolas Steenhout.
I speak, train, and consult about inclusion, accessibility and disability.

Air New Zealand’s Grabaseat Discriminate Against People With Disabilities

I was just made aware of a promotion @Grabaseat ran over the weekend: A competition to win tickets for a round-the-world trip. Unfortunately, the competition was discriminatory – to win, you had to be the “last man standing”. People taking part in the competition had to stand on one leg. The last person to still be standing won.

I’m happy for the winner, a student in Christchurch.

But I’m concerned that anyone unable to stand on one leg was excluded from the competition. This competition was aimed at fit, able-bodied individuals. As a wheelchair user, I couldn’t have taken part – yet, I would love to have an opportunity to win a round-the-world trip. Perhaps Grabaseat and Air New Zealand think people with disabilities don’t travel.

It is of course more likely that it never even occured to them that their competition was discriminatory.

Still, it’s disappointment.

@AccessTourismNZ sent them a DM to express her concern on this matter, but they haven’t seemed fit to respond.