Submitted by Karen Stallings
Air travelers with disabilities will soon have greater freedom in the skies! The Department of Transportation has updated the Air Carrier Access Act - a ruling that will make international air travel accessible for the first time.
The Air Carrier Access Act has mandated accessibility on airplanes traveling within the United States since 1990. The updated law applies accessibility standards to foreign airlines traveling to and from the United States, clarifies some of the original Air Carrier Access Act rules, and updates accessibility computer bookings. The law says:
Additionally, the 2008 Air Carrier Access Act addresses situations new to the 21st century:
Airlines advise people to call 48 hours ahead to make sure the aircraft has the accommodations they need. The new rule will be effective in May 2009 to give carriers time to comply. For more information, go to regulations.gov and type in the docket number DOT-OST-2004-19482
Karen Stallings, Community Liaison NC, is the Executive Director of the Association of Self-Advocates of North Carolina, and is a writer and an actress currently working on her autobiography.