If you need a wheelchair attendant next time you are traveling through an airport, be prepared to wait even if you book attendant services in advance. Seems like TABs (Temporarily Able Bodied, as a physical therapist in rehab used to call able bodied people-they are only a slip and fall or a car accident away) are using airport wheelchair attendant services to speed them through luggage check in, security lines, and gate check in.

According to an article in today's Wall Street Journal, wheelchair attendants are seeing perfectly able and fit people jumping out of these reserved airport wheelchairs and running to their gates once they have been whisked to the front of the security line and fast tracked through long lines. So much abuse of this service is happening that attendants have begun to call these people "Miracles." They come in "needing" wheelchair transport and end up leaping out of the wheelchairs as is miraculously cured.

Read more here:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...013488332.html

http://blogs.wsj.com/middleseat/2013...air-imposters/

All the best,
GJ