- Jul 4, 2002
you are making this way too complicated. I clearly outlined in my post one option of how it might be done, but that doesn't seem to have been read....
qantas could easily publish, on its website, a list of conditions and the seats applicable to those. for example, IBS - requires aisle seat, colostomy bag - aisle seat. severe motion sickness - window seat etc etc. Doctor's note says 'patient meets requirement under published list'. This could be completed on an accepted form and faxed from the doctor's office. It really is not that hard.
of course the doctor would not say something as stupid as the patient would benefit from extra legroom if they are tall... that would be obvious when the passenger turns up at the airport.
Yes of course there will be a rouge doctor out there that will send in a form for their patient even if they don't have that condition... but most doctors take their responsibilities seriously. just as a doctor now has to certify fitness to fly in certain circumstances.
just in the same way that qantas can now sell an exit row seat but deny it if you turn up and are not suitable.... if you had a note in your booking saying 'tall pax' and they turned up being 5'6 then you deny them the seat.
There really is nothing complicated about this... just drawing up the list of eligible conditions... and that list can be added to... it doesn't need to be perfect to start with...
First of all it already can be done as I have done itfor a patient.Fractured ankle asked QF for a bulkhead or aisle seat-allocated bulkhead,aisle.
Second there dont have to be rogue doctors.You are a GP.A patient of 20 years comes in and asks for such a certificate.Doesn't quite meet the standard.Certificate often written out.Just look at sickness certificates or disabled driver forms.It is obvious many do not really meet the standards.