Fake Wheelchair Users On The Rise

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    A lot more people are using wheelchairs at airports, but many of them are perfectly healthy.

    FOX News Radio's Steve Knight reports:

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    One airport wheelchair attendant says, "We call 'em miracles"-- people wheeled past security and right to the gate who suddenly jump up, grab their bags and rush onto the plane.

    Federal law requires that anybody who asks for a wheelchair be given one, free, no questions asked.

    A Wall Street Journal survey finds that fraudulent wheelchair use is up all across the country.

    Officials at the LA airport estimate that 15% of all requests are phony.

    Airports can't challenge anybody requesting a wheelchair and they can't refuse service.

    Disability advocates point out that illegitimate requests for wheelchairs at LA's airport often add 20 minutes to the wait for a wheelchair for a traveler who really needs one.

    Steve Knight, Fox News Radio.