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in Special Needs Support Systems, Uncategorized Tags: accessibility, ADA, civil rights, disabled, Federal Aviation Administration, golden ticket, hometown, living life to the best of your possibility, Move-On, new life, The Air Carrier Access Act 1986, Victoria Kaloss, Wheelchairs-On-Commercial Airlines Petition
Last week a friend filled with excitement and anticipation toward creating her spark in a new town was told by the airline, at the departure gate, that she could not be accommodated with her wheelchair. She is wheelchair bound and had told the airline such before purchasing her ticket, her golden ticket to her new destination, her new life.
The airline thanked her for her patronage, gave her credit toward the purchase of new ticket.
New ticket to where?
With prior knowledge of her disability and accessibility requirements, they gladly accepted her money.
They did not accept her wheelchair.
Hence, they rejected her and failed to meet the American Disabilities Act.
Since the ADA is failing, miserably I might add, action oriented people have chosen to take matters into their own hands and wheels.
A petition – Wheelchair Access On Commercial Airlines – has been developed.
I signed the petition and have been notified of immense support for this civil rights movement.
In response to my signature, I received an email stating;
“To really make a difference, we need a lot more people to join in. Can you share this petition with all your friends?
Click here to share it on Facebook:
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Then, forward the email below to everyone you know.
Here’s a sample message to send to your friends and out into the world.
Dear President Obama and Congressional Leaders:
The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986, Title 49, Section 41705 of the U.S. Code, prohibits commercial airlines from discriminating against passengers with disabilities. The act itself, however, does not have any provision to protect the rights of those who, because of their disabilities and for safety reasons, cannot sit in a standard airline passenger seat and must remain seated in their personal wheelchairs like myself. These individuals are prevented from traveling any way except by land vehicles, trains, or ships. This constitutes a blatant infringement on their civil rights and access to affordable and expedient transportation.
We, the undersigned, propose that every commercial aircraft have one to two removable passenger seat(s), in the front row of every aircraft, with a 4-point air cargo system underneath (identical to the system used in the U.S. Air Force cargo transport aircraft) to fasten each wheelchair securely to the floor of the cabin. An additional safety belt will be required around the waist of each wheelchair user to secure them in their seats. This proposed set up will guarantee the accessibility and safety of every passenger on board.
Such implemented change is an economically sound investment for air carriers. The large and growing market of people with disabilities has $175 billion in discretionary spending, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, The New York Times reported that spending by travelers with disabilities exceeds $13.6 billion annually. I know that I personally spend approximately $5,000/ year on vacations. We estimate that this amount will increase significantly once individual aircraft become more wheelchair accessible.
Please push the Federal Aviation Administration to require airlines designated wheelchair accessible spaces on every commercial aircraft.
Thank you for your support,
Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:
I appreciate any and all efforts on your part to generate the petition ‘Wheelchair Access-On-Commercial Airlines’
Upholding rights and civil liberties as stated in
The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986, Title 49, Section 41705 of the U.S. Code, prohibits commercial airlines from discriminating against passengers with disabilities.
Thank you! And thank ‘Wheelchair Access-On-Commercial Airlines’ Petition Team!