Page last updated at 08:05 GMT, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 09:05 UK

Airport security 'humiliated' man

Belfast Internaional Airport
Mr Hamilton was travelling through Belfast International

A man who was told to remove splints by security staff at Belfast International Airport has been paid £1,500 to settle a disability discrimination claim.

Paul Hamilton, from Newtownards, took the claim against ICTS UK which runs security at the airport.

He said staff had shown "a complete lack of consideration for those with mobility problems".

The company accepted it had subjected Mr Hamilton to less favourable treatment on grounds of his disability.

Mr Hamilton, who has mobility and hearing impairments, was making his way through airport security when he was asked to remove his shoes before passing through the security arch.

He claimed that he explained to the security guard that he wore splints.

Humiliating

However, he was asked to remove his shoes and splints which were passed through the x-ray machine and then he had to walk through the security arch.

This proved very difficult as his balance is badly affected without splints.

He said he found the request "extremely difficult and humiliating" as he had to remove his splints in the full view of other travellers.

Mr Hamilton said: "I found the whole experience very embarrassing and unsettling.

"Alternative arrangements should have been in place to screen disabled people in line with their security requirements.

"Their insistence that I had to walk without the aid of my splints was unreasonable, removed my dignity and showed a lack of understanding of the needs of disabled people."

ICTS UK also apologised to Mr Hamilton for the hurt and distress caused by his treatment.



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