New bill aims to make air travel easier for wheelchair users

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A new bill that would strengthen accommodations for wheelchair users who fly was unanimously approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee earlier this month.

The Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act was introduced June 9 by some Democrat and Republican members of the House. If passed, the bill would result in major improvements in wheelchair accessibility aboard flights, Paralyzed Veterans of America National President Charles Brown said.

“Some of these provisions [in the bill] include training requirements for assisting passengers with limited mobility and properly stowing assistive devices; improving the Department of Transportation’s complaint process; and addressing the need for more access standards,” he said in a statement. 

“The bill also requires continued study into safe and secure in-cabin wheelchair restraint systems; and for the Department of Transportation to perform a more in-depth analysis of mishandled wheelchairs as reported by airlines,” Brown added.

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