Air Travelers With Disabilities To Get ‘Bill Of Rights’ – Disability Scoop


A bill of rights for airline passengers with disabilities and enhanced disability training for Transportation Security Administration officers, among other changes, are on the way under a new federal law.

President Donald Trump signed legislation late last week to reauthorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration for five years. Contained within that package are an increase in civil penalties for bodily harm to passengers with disabilities or damage to wheelchairs and mobility aids, creation of an advisory committee to recommend consumer protection improvements and the development of an “Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights.”

“I think it’s a very good message to the Department of Transportation and the airline industry that Congress is very concerned about air travel for passengers with disabilities,” said Heather Ansley, associate executive director of government relations for Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We have a lot of good opportunities in here to reconsider regulations, get out education and get the department to have regular conversations about passengers with disabilities.”

 

Source: Air Travelers With Disabilities To Get ‘Bill Of Rights’ – Disability Scoop