New TikTok trend has passengers faking needing a wheelchair in order to skip the line

Woman pushing man in a wheelchair through an airport
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A new trend is growing on TikTok, and you know that can never mean good things.

Apparently, the new thing these days is for completely able-bodied young people to fake some sort of need for a wheelchair at airports in order to skip all the lines and generally make their travel experience easier.

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This issue was brought to light after John Holland-Kaye, the CEO of London’s Heathrow Airport, posting a video online blaming all the airport chaos as of late, and condemning anyone who fakes a disability solely in order to get access to a wheelchair.

Gem Hubbard, a creator and disability activist in London, echoed those statements in a recent TikTok saying, “Faking an injury when you’re 12 and trying to get out of P.E. can be a bit funny and your mates might think you’re a bit of a legend.  When you are a grown adult and you are potentially putting disabled peoples’ lives at risk, you’re just a bit of a prat.”

Per Telegraph, disability activists have been fighting for years for people to get the services they need in order to travel, and according to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, traveling can be dangerous for people with disabilities when they don’t receive the services they need.

They say people who use this “wheelchair travel hack” to save a few minutes are actually just on a “fast pass to hell.”

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