The Canadian Transportation Agency says it's issued a $97,500 penalty to Air Canada for violating the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations.

The agency says that on August 30, Air Canada failed to assist a wheelchair user from Prince George who disembarked its plane in Las Vegas.

Rodney Hodgins has spastic cerebral palsy and can't move his legs. The 49 year old was forced to disembark on his own.

As well, the CTA says Air Canada failed to ensure that its personnel periodically checked in on Hodgins while he was waiting in the terminal.

Air Canada acknowledged in November that it violated Canadian disability regulations, and apologized to Hodgins who was forced to drag himself off a flight in Las Vegas this summer.



This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 21, 2023.