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TravelWheelchair Users Will Soon Know the Worst Airlines for Travel

01:45  11 december  2018
01:45  11 december  2018 Source:   travelpulse.com

Air Travel for People with Disabilities Remains Ambiguous

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This new rule will essentially allow wheelchair users to check a government website to find out which carriers are better or worse at handling their wheelchairs , an Before this new rule went into effect, it was unclear how many wheelchairs airlines had damaged or lost. “We know there were 32,445

Wheelchair Users Will Soon Know the Worst Airlines for Travel . A new policy will go in effect this month requiring airlines to report damaged or lost wheelchairs and motorized scooters. People often say that traveling is all about the journey and not the destination, but for wheelchair users

This month a new federal law goes into effect requiring airlines to declare how many wheelchairs or motorized scooters they damage or lose.

This new rule will essentially allow wheelchair users to check a government website to find out which carriers are better or worse at handling their wheelchairs, an important item to their independence and mobility.

"It's really consumer-empowering," U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth told the Daily Herald. Duckworth is a war veteran and Hoffman Estates Democrat who helped pass legislation to speed up this new federal law.

Wheelchair Users Will Soon Know the Worst Airlines for Travel© Getty Images Man in a wheelchair at an airport. (Photo via iStock / Getty Images Plus / Manuel Faba Ortega)

Duckworth herself has had two wheelchairs break on flights between Washington and O’Hare International Airport. In one instance, the solid titanium rod that connects the seat and the frame had been broken and when she sat in it and she sunk to the ground.

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Air travel can cause a great deal of apprehension for both seasoned and novice travelers . If you’re taking that flight with a wheelchair — that’s an added level of After booking your flight, contact the airline at least 48 hours in advance of departure and let them know you will need special assistance.

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"It's 5 inches long and 1-inch square. I don't understand how it could be snapped," Duckworth said.

She was offered an inferior model that didn’t even allow Duckworth to roll herself in it.

"My wheelchair is my legs and it can't be easily substituted."

Before this new rule went into effect, it was unclear how many wheelchairs airlines had damaged or lost.

“We know there were 32,445 disability-related complaints of any kind filed with domestic and foreign air carriers in 2016," said Liz Deakin, spokeswoman for the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Airlines must report damaged or lost wheelchairs starting this month. The data will be available to travelers in February at the U.S. DOT’s Consumer Air Travel Reports website.

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