The Detroit Metro Airport has agreed to bring back pick-up and drop-off services at its international arrivals section, in response to a lawsuit filed by a disability rights group.
In September, the Wayne County Airport Authority halted the services, on the basis that it would reduce congestion in the area, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Shortly after, Michael Harris, executive director of the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America, filed a lawsuit against the Airport Authority, on the basis that the decision placed the area in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s accessibility standards. He was represented by attorneys Jason M. Turkish and Melissa M. Nyman, from Southfield, MI.
On October 17, the Airport Authority settled the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. In doing so, it agreed to allow the Michigan Flyer-Air Ride bus service to continue operating, as well as to create a system to ensure that people with disabilities and the elderly receive assistance traveling the 600 feet from the drop-off point to the terminal.
“We’re really getting what we wanted to get,” Harris told the Detroit News. “We’re getting an airport that people will be able to access in a safe environment. I believe it’s a win for (the airport) because the traveling public, able and disabled, will have an enjoyable flying experience.”