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Blind Group Suing McCarran

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LAS VEGAS — The National Federation of the Blind is suing McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, alleging that ticket kiosks aren’t accessible to the visually impaired.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas seeks class-action status on behalf of four blind travelers. It accuses the airport owner, Clark County, of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing equal services to visually impaired customers.

“McCarran International Airport attorneys are in the process of researching the facts and issues raised in the case just filed.  We cannot comment on this matter until our attorneys have reviewed the allegations,” stated Public Affairs and Marketing Manager Elaine Sanchez.

The touchscreen kiosks let passengers check in for flights, print tickets and boarding passes and select seats. The lawsuit says McCarran officials could modify the kiosk so blind people could benefit from the same services.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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