Amputee sues Six Flags Over Texas after being denied ride entry

Posted Thursday, July 9, 2015 9:11 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A Fort Worth man has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Larry Panayi, from Fort Worth, says the park refused to let him get onto as many as 13 rides starting in 2013, because he has just one leg. In the suit, Panayi says he was humiliated, embarrassed and confused, because he had been able to go on most of the rides with no problem for years.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 2:42 PM

Further complicating matters is that stated policies are not always enforced. The safety guide for Batman at Great Adventure says that riders must possess 2 naturally fully formed and functioning arms absent of prosthetic devices and 2 legs to the knee or 1 fully formed and functioning arm absent of prosthetic devices and 2 naturally fully formed and functioning legs absent of prosthetic devices. It goes on to say that prosthetics are not permitted. However, last week I saw a guy with a prosthetic leg riding.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 3:16 PM

That's the thing. Determine exactly what is and is not needed to ride but then enforce it. If the issue with actually having the prosthetic on is the risk of it coming off during the ride though there are new prosthetic legs, not common yet, that actually attach to a metal implant in the bone of what's left of the leg and might not pose that risk. No way to be sure if that may have been the case. Possiblle but unlikely.

Last edited by Paisley, Friday, July 17, 2015 1:16 PM
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Friday, July 17, 2015 9:43 AM

Oy! It seems the parks can never win in these cases. Just settle out of court and tell Uncle Larry to go kick rocks. Oh wait........too soon?

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