Paralympian with cerebral palsy asked by airline staff to 'prove disability'

Just days after staff members at London’s Heathrow Airport made a disabled man sit on an empty plane for an hour and a half while they searched for his misplaced wheelchair, a British Paralympian is speaking out about her own recent “devastating” airline experience.

Sophia Warner competed in the 2012 Paralympic Games. (Photo: Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

The Sun reported Tuesday that Sophia Warner was flying from Milan to London when employees for EasyJet raised doubts about her need for special assistance. The Paralympic gold medalist and sports marketing pro has cerebral palsy, which affects her mobility.

In a series of tweets, Warner said EasyJet staff asked her to “prove [her] disability” because they thought she looked “completely normal.”

Warner, who branded the incident “horrible,” was issued an apology by the airline, which said it was following up.

But her mistreatment has raised sympathy for and awareness  of “invisible disabilities.” Many also objected to the airline’s use of the term “normal” to describe someone without a health condition.

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