Two years ago a grandmother pushed herself down an escalator in a wheelchair at the Portland airport, tumbled down and received injuries that led to complications from which she eventually died. Apparently she had refused assistance – and thought the escalator was an elevator.
Another sad airport escalator now comes to us from Detroit where a man went to the airport to pick up his wife. He met her, and her mother, at baggage claim. He took their bags with him and headed to get the car. And then he “died after slipping on the airport escalator while adjusting the roller bag on the step behind him.”
Quigley stepped on to the escalator with a dark-colored hand bag in his left hand and a large red roller bag in his right. He was wearing brown flip flops. With the larger bag on the step behind him, he turned to adjust it, slipped, fell backwards, hit the ground, and became unresponsive.
It’s a sad story, and the family is now campaigning for signs warning passengers not to use escalators with luggage. The airport, however, has no plans put up such signage (nor to ban luggage on escalators).
The man’s family, though, “believes that had their been a no-luggage sign, with arrows pointing to the nearby elevator, their father might have opted to use the elevator instead of the escalator that day.”
Sometimes signs do save lives. For instance home iron manufacturers have given us warnings like not to iron clothes while wearing them.
(HT: Ken A.)