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DOT Releases Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights

July 13, 2022

On Friday, July 8, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced an Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights and a notice urging airlines to prioritize seating families together. 

The Bill of Rights consists of:
  1. The Right to Be Treated with Dignity and Respect.
  2. The Right to Receive Information About Services and Aircraft Capabilities and Limitations.
  3. The Right to Receive Information in an Accessible Format.
  4. The Right to Accessible Airport Facilities.
  5. The Right to Assistance at Airports.
  6. The Right to Assistance on the Aircraft.
  7. The Right to Travel with an Assistive Device or Service Animal.
  8. The Right to Receive Seating Accommodations.
  9. The Right to Accessible Aircraft Features.
  10. The Right to Resolution of a Disability-Related Issue.
The Bill of Rights describes the fundamental rights of air travelers with disabilities under the Air Carrier Access Act and the responsibilities commercial airlines have to accommodate passengers living with disabilities. These will apply to all American carriers and foreign flights arriving and departing from the United States. For more information on each individual right and examples of the accommodations that can be provided, visit the Department of Transportation website

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