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FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 Signed into Law
June 6, 2024 by PVAction Force

On May 16, the President signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 into law. The Reauthorization includes several PVA-supported provisions focused on addressing the experience of air travel passengers with disabilities. Specific sections in the new law include training requirements for assisting passengers with limited mobility and properly stowing assistive devices; analyzing and improving the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) complaint process; addressing the need for more access standards and accessibility of inflight entertainment, as well as improved access to airline websites, applications, and information communication technologies; and increasing access to seating accommodations. 

 

The FAA Reauthorization Act also requires continued study into safe and secure in-cabin wheelchair tie-down systems, and if technically feasible, a study into their economic and financial feasibility; the need for DOT to perform a more in-depth analysis of airline-reported mishandled wheelchair data; and reauthorization of the Air Carrier Access Act Advisory (ACAA) Committee, as well as a requirement for the ACAA Committee to ensure safe transport for assistive devices powered by lithium-ion batteries. In addition, we were pleased to see the inclusion of a pilot grant program to increase airport accessibility and requirements for adult changing tables; new requirements related to the availability of onboard wheelchairs; expansion of the Advanced Materials Center of Excellence to address safe and accessible air travel for passengers with disabilities; and the creation of a known service animal pilot program.  

Moving forward, we will continue to work with champions in Congress to improve enforcement of the ACAA. We will also work with DOT on the implementation of the FAA’s requirements to ensure the safety and dignity of passengers with disabilities.

Because of your advocacy and tireless work on reaching out to legislators, we can count this as a huge win.  Over 12,366 letters from our advocates were sent to Congress asking for changes. A huge thank you is owed to everyone one of you who reached out and used your voice for change. 

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