Disabled passengers settle discrimination lawsuit

DETROIT (AP) -- Five physically disabled airline passengers, Delta Air Lines and the Wayne County Airport Authority have resolved a 3-year-old discrimination lawsuit.

An order in U.S. District Court in Detroit says the settlement resolves about 60 disputed items in the suit.

The suit originally named Northwest Airlines, which later was bought by Atlanta-based Delta.

Delta and the airport authority will make modifications to two terminals at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, parking garages and shuttle buses.

The court ruled that the airlines and airport authority violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing an accessible path from an elevator discharge area to a pedestrian bridge at the airport in Romulus, southwest of Detroit.

They were found not to be in violation on an issue of emergency exits from the airport's McNamara Terminal.

Published: Thu, Sep 29, 2011