On May 13th the Department of Transportation will begin implementation of Amendments made to the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 -- long time coming, but it has some very good changes that will benefit the Traveler with Disabilities.
Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA) and it’s implementing regulation, 14 CFR Part 382 (Part 382) which will be effective May 13, 2009
Until the DOT publishes these amendments I will post a link to a webcast or transcript of same where the details are spelled out.
Short highlights include:
* The amendments hold certain application to U.S. and foreign air carriers -
* Accessibility of airports as well as changes in airport services including reservations, facilities, in-flight and aircraft acquisitions
* Specific changes that affect passengers who utilize respiratory assistance devices, as well as passengers who are deaf or hard of hearing.
* Changes to the timeframe and possible requirement of advanced notice by some U.S. Carriers for certain accommodations (in addition to those items currently allowed) Previously notice of 48 hours was required for certain requests and services - this time frame is being changed to 24hours
In addition there are changes being made to better accommodate persons traveling with assistance animals.
As soon as I get a page from DOT I will post immediately.