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China airline sued for rejecting HIV carriers: Report

Published on Aug 15, 2014 2:24 PM
 

BEIJING (AFP) - Two HIV-positive passengers and a friend are suing a Chinese airline for refusing to let them on board, in the country's first such lawsuit, state media reported on Friday.

The pair planned to travel from Shenyang in the northeast to Shijiazhuang, south of Beijing, but were barred from the Spring Airlines plane after they informed staff of their status, the Global Times said.

The two, along with a HIV-negative travelling companion, were told that their tickets had been cancelled.

All three sued the budget airline, accusing it of discrimination and demanding an apology as well as compensation of 48,999 yuan (S$9,712), the paper said. A Shenyang court accepted the case, making it the first lawsuit against an airline for discriminating against an HIV-positive person in China, it added.

 
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