Disability group says San Francisco airport inadequate

Thursday April 18, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO — Groups representing disabled passengers sued San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday, accusing it of failing to provide adequate access to deaf and hard-of-hearing travelers. 

The suit, which seeks class-action status, accuses the airport of failing to inform deaf passengers when they are to board, wrongly bumping them from flights and failing to notify them of gate changes. 

The suit also notes the airport recently spent $840 million on an international terminal, but did not provide adequate services for the deaf. 

A spokeswoman for the airport, owned and operated by the city and county of San Francisco, was not immediately available for comment. The suit was brought by Disability Rights Advocates and the California Center for the Deaf.