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Thread: "Wheelchair Access On Commercial Airlines" petition

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    "Wheelchair Access On Commercial Airlines" petition

    - I came across this petition - to require airlines to designate wheelchair accessible spaces on every commercial aircraft.

    - As you all know, Currently wheelchair users are to be transferred/ lifted and put on the normal seat of the planes - which has lot of practical and medical problems..
    - Many miss their connecting flights .. since they are the last to be taken out of the plane and have to wait for help.
    - The list is long and we can go on and on..as you all know
    - Please read more in below email trail..

    - Request to sign this petition and spread the word.


    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/whe...&r_by=11201497



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    Hi,

    Dear President Obama and Congressional Leaders:

    The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986, Title 49, Section 41705 of the U.S. Code, prohibits commercial airlines from discriminating against passengers with disabilities. The act itself, however, does not have any provision to protect the rights of those who, because of their disabilities and for safety reasons, cannot sit in a standard airline passenger seat and must remain seated in their personal wheelchairs like myself. These individuals are prevented from traveling any way except by land vehicles, trains, or ships. This constitutes a blatant infringement on their civil rights and access to affordable and expedient transportation.

    We, the undersigned, propose that every commercial aircraft have one to two removable passenger seat(s), in the front row of every aircraft, with a 4-point air cargo system underneath (identical to the system used in the U.S. Air Force cargo transport aircraft) to fasten each wheelchair securely to the floor of the cabin. An additional safety belt will be required around the waist of each wheelchair user to secure them in their seats. This proposed set up will guarantee the accessibility and safety of every passenger on board.

    Such implemented change is an economically sound investment for air carriers. The large and growing market of people with disabilities has $175 billion in discretionary spending, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, The New York Times reported that spending by travelers with disabilities exceeds $13.6 billion annually. I know that I personally spend approximately $5,000/ year on vacations. We estimate that this amount will increase significantly once individual aircraft become more wheelchair accessible.

    Please amend the Air Carrier Act of 1986 and push the Federal Aviation Administration to require airlines to designate wheelchair accessible spaces on every commercial aircraft.

    Thank you for your support,

    Vicki Jurney-Taylor
    Converse, Texas

    vjurneytaylor@gmail.com


    That's why I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says:

    "Please push the Federal Aviation Association to require airlines to provide designated wheelchair accessible spaces on every commercial aircraft, which will allow passengers to remain safely seated in their personal wheelchairs."

    Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/whe...&r_by=11201497

    Thanks!

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    There is no way that it is "safer" to sit in a wheelchair on a jet going 500 mpg if you are in an emergency landing or crash. Wheelchairs are not tested for those types of forces, and are likely to collapse around the occupant and crush or trap them. This can occur in a motor vehicle crash too, with much lower forces in play.

    (KLD)

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    Nirva, with all due respect, we can't even get the ADA to enforce ADA regulations on a regular/ consistent basis. I don't see Congress, nor airline carriers, taking this seriously. We have traveled A LOT, on many different carriers, and have never had an issue. If we schedule our connecting flights with plenty of time in between, we don't have problems. We, the disabled population, need to pick and choose our battles. I cannot imagine my son sitting in his wheelchair for a 9-10 hour flight to Europe?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    There is no way that it is "safer" to sit in a wheelchair on a jet going 500 mpg if you are in an emergency landing or crash. Wheelchairs are not tested for those types of forces, and are likely to collapse around the occupant and crush or trap them.
    That's fuel efficiency!

    I agree with the points about safety.

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    I would much prefer to require the airlines and airports to have and use the safe mechanical transfer devices that can be used to transfer someone from their wheelchair at the door of the plane directly to their seat. I don't know of any in the USA, but Qantas uses them in Australia. Here is video:

    http://www.haycomp.com.au/aviation-lifters/

    http://www.haycomp.com.au/aviation-l...omp-eagle-dvd/

    (KLD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    I would much prefer to require the airlines and airports to have and use the safe mechanical transfer devices that can be used to transfer someone from their wheelchair at the door of the plane directly to their seat. I don't know of any in the USA, but Qantas uses them in Australia. Here is video:

    http://www.haycomp.com.au/aviation-lifters/

    http://www.haycomp.com.au/aviation-l...omp-eagle-dvd/

    (KLD)
    That lift is very nice looking and seems much easier than the isle chair they put you in. Me being 6' 4" makes it very difficult!

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    I agree with (KLD) - - it simply is not practical, economic or safe to require airplanes to have designated wheelchair areas. I am a frequent traveler (usually Southwest airlines) because I can right onto the plane from my wheelchair and transfer into the first row. My concern is that the new 737-800 models have a solid armrest that extends all the way down to the seat and does not lift up (even the front row seats). I spoke with a Southwest representative who told me that the 737-800 model of plane does have some solid armrests that do fold up but they are in the back of the plane - - seats that are not reachable by me.


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    don't sign this. i have been trying to have a dialogue with these ppl via email sharing my engineering experience. they aren't interested in a dialogue nor knowledgeable on the technical or safety aspects. they are wasting everybody's time.

    hugh, it isn't the 737-800 in general. airlines choose their interiors from certified options so a 737-800 could have various arrangements.

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