Goal 5: Advance accessible intercity transportation systems

Access to the Airlines

We call on DOT to challenge the Airlines and OEM's to provide access to passengers with disabilities that is barrier free. To often passenger with disabilities have incurred bodily harm from being dropped while making transfers out of their personal wheelchairs onto an airline boarding aisle chair, or mishandled by ill trained staff in boarding the plane. Furthermore there are times when the passengers wheelchair or assistive devices are damaged during the flight only to be returned in a condition that jeopardizes the passengers independence and possible health and well being. As airlines have monetized the experience of flying into different paid classes, we must remember that people with disabilities have a right to dignified safe and accessible air travel. DOT must also hold carriers accountable to the requirements of the Air Carrier Access Act by more stringently enforcing the law.

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Idea No. 324