Braille Monitor                                                                           November 1986


Republic Airlines Representative
Shows Enlightenment

As Federationists know, Karen Mayry is President of the National Federation of the Blind of South Dakota and of the Diabetic Division of the National Federation of the Blind. Her recent experience with Republic Airlines is a refreshing contrast to the treatment which blind persons have come to expect when they travel by air. Here is what she says in a recent letter to Peggy Pinder:

Rapid City, South Dakota
June 9,1986

Dear Peggy:

During my recent flight to Hibbing, Minnesota, from Rapid City, South Dakota, via Republic Airlines, I sat in the exit row from Rapid City to Minneapolis, Minneapolis to Hibbing. I chatted with the Republic representative in the Hibbing Airport regarding exit row seating and he stated that "you as a blind person, have a right to sit in the exit row if you desire." I have never requested that particular row, but I have been assigned the exit row both when I book through a travel agent and when I have purchased the tickets at the airline counter. I am happy to report the progressive attitude that I have experienced when traveling by Republic.

Very truly yours,

Karen S.Mayry