Subcontracted employees allege possibly unsafe conditions at Philly airport

    Subcontracted workers at the Philadelphia International Airport said US Airways and other airlines have failed to provide them with legally required training to assist people with disabilities.

    They also said they haven’t been given fully functioning equipment.

    The employees said they’ve filed complaints over the airport’s conditions with the U.S. Department of Transportation. NewsWorks obtained copies of the complaints, but a DOT spokesman would not confirm that they had been filed yet. He said he cannot comment on matters under investigation.

    Lee Page, Paralyzed Veterans of America’s associate advocacy director, said he supports the complaints. He uses a wheelchair.

    “If I need to be lifted, I need two people who are capable of doing that,” he said. “That way, I’m not going to get dropped on the ground or I’m not going to get knocked into a wall.”

    US Airways said it is reviewing the complaint, and declined to comment further.

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