Action Center
Sign-Up Current Issues Action Center Access The Vote Your Officials Advocacy Institute Advocacy Blog
Urge DOT to Improve Flying for Wheelchair Users

Big news! The Department of Transportation (DOT) released a monumental proposal on improving air travel for wheelchair users. This announcement aims to reinforce the safety, rights, and dignity of travelers with disabilities by strengthening current air travel regulations and would have a huge impact if finalized.

Highlights of this proposal include:

  • Creating new standards to require airlines to ensure that passengers using wheelchairs can promptly board the aircraft and de-plane, a sorely needed reform.
  • Mandating training for airline personnel and crew members that assist with passenger seat transfers and stowage of passenger wheelchairs and mobility devices to reduce injuries and wheelchair damage.
  • Providing onboard wheelchairs to be available on most commercial flights to facilitate passenger mobility while onboard the aircraft.
  • Offering greater transparency to wheelchair users regarding the size constraints of aircraft cargo holds to ensure that passengers can travel with their wheelchairs.
  • Requiring airlines to provide passengers with options to repair and replace mishandled wheelchairs and mobility devices.

But the DOT needs to hear from you if we want these reforms to be final. 

Will you send a letter to DOT today? If so, you can use our sample letter. Also, feel free to customize our sample letter to make your comments even more impactful. In particular, please share why the following topics or proposals would improve your flying experience.

  1. Improving training of airline and airport personnel who assist wheelchair users on and off airplanes. 
  2. Improve training of the personnel who handle the stowage of wheelchairs.
  3. Share your experience with broken or damaged wheelchairs. 

Thank you for all you do!

    Message Body
    Suggested Message
    Remaining: 0
  • Hide
    • Please call this number:

      Please do not close this window. You will need to come back to this window to enter your code.
      We just sent an email to ... containing a verification code.

      If you do not see the email within the next five minutes, please ensure you entered the correct email address and check your spam/junk mail folder.
      Enter Your Info
      Your Information
      By providing your mobile number, you agree to receive text messages from Muscular Dystrophy Association. Message and data rates may apply. Message frequency varies.
      Home Information

      Enter Your Info