Mike Alt claims he was discriminated against at Six Flags after he was removed from a ride due to his lack of fingers, according to KTVN.
"Operators--young ladies came over and said that because I didn't have three full fingers on each hand, I didn't have the grip strength to hold on so therefore I had to get off the ride," said Alt. Alt was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, meaning that he is missing parts of his fingers. He claims his grip strength has never been an issue before. He also claims that he has been at Six Flags and ridden rides before without this ever having been a problem.
Alt says that other, less conspicuous health issues are not screened for, leading him to believe that he was discriminated against. He does not believe that the individual ride operators are to blame, but that the policy itself is an issue: "It allows their operators and their workers to form subjective opinions ... I would think they'd need some sort of grip test so that I could prove to them, in that moment, that I could ride that ride."
"To ensure their safety and the safety of others, guests with certain disabilities are prohibited from riding certain rides and attractions. Our accessibility policy includes ride manufacturers’ guidelines and the requirements of the federal American Disabilities Act. Guests who meet these requirements have the option of holding their hands up in the air. This guest was offered the use of a safety harness to ride the coaster in question, Medusa, but he refused," reads a statement from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Communications Manager Nancy Chan.
Alt, who runs a motivational organization for disabled children, is hoping to work with the company in the future in order to revise their policies.
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