What are my rights under the Air Carrier Access Act?
The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA) was designed to prohibit any discrimination against passengers with disabilities by air carriers. It was meant to open the skies and the world to persons regardless of any physical or intellectual disabilities. Although I believe there is a great deal of work that must be done to enforce the law, it has still improved the way travelers with disabilities are treated. The ACAA has made air travel possible for people like me, a triple amputee and wheelchair user. The specific rights of disabled air passengers were outlined by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 1990 in 14 CFR Part 382. The guidelines were most recently updated in 2008, and changes took effect in May 2009.
Travelers should note that the Air Carrier Access Act is a law of the United States of America. The rights and protections outlined here do not apply to all flights in the world. The law applies only to the following flights:
- Any flight departing from an airport in the United States, regardless of carrier.
- Any flight arriving to an airport in the United States, regardless of carrier.
- Any flight operated by an air [...]