Please help paralyzed veterans today by urging your Senators to pass the FAA Reauthorization Act
(S. 1405). This critical legislation would make air travel safer for veterans – and all people – with disabilities. Simply use the Action Center below to send an email to your Senators. ISSUE SUMMARY:
More than 30 years ago, the Air Carrier Access Act
was passed to guarantee people with disabilities consistent and nondiscriminatory treatment during air travel and require air carriers to accommodate the needs of passengers with disabilities.
All these years later, it's clear that more must be done. Paralyzed veterans and other people with disabilities have reported poorly trained airline personnel and contractors, bodily harm due to the process required to board and deplane an aircraft, and costly wheelchairs getting lost or damaged to the point they can't be used again.
Thankfully, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
(H.R. 4) in April. This legislation includes many amendments from the Air Carrier Access Amendment Act
(H.R. 5004) as introduced by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), including:
- Development of an airline passengers with disabilities bill of rights.
- Increased civil penalties for harm toward passengers with disabilities or their wheelchairs.
- Establishment of a Select Subcommittee on Aviation Consumers with Disabilities to the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection.
- Evaluation of areas for improvement to increase airport accessibility and training of air carrier and contract personnel.
- Requirements for the U.S. Access Board and the DOT to investigate the feasibility of in-cabin wheelchair restraint systems for people with disabilities.
- Directions to DOT to revise its service animal regulation.
- Requirements for passengers with disabilities to receive timely and effective assistance at the airport and on the aircraft, including personnel providing hands-on assistance possibly being required to receive hands-on training to perform that assistance and on the use of any needed equipment.
The Senate version of this bill (S. 1405) is still pending. Once that bill passes, the two measures will be negotiated to work out the differences. The goal is to have legislation for the President's signature before the current FAA authorization expires at the end of September. ACT NOW
to send a message to your Senators on behalf of our wounded heroes. Let them know their support is needed now to pass the FAA Reauthorization Act
and make air travel safer for all. Use our Action Center below to reach out to your Senators and help build support for this important legislation!