Disability And Air Travel


Earlier air travel for people with disabilities used to be considered problematic. The handicap people didn't have easy access to air traveling. It was in the year 1986 that the rules and regulations were passed to ensure safety and security for such people. In the year 2000, the responsibilities of a carrier, port authority and other concerned departments were clearly mentioned. Any offence against the handicap was made punishable.

Accordingly, an individual can’t be discriminated on the basis of his disability. Secondly, there is no restriction on the number of handicap persons traveling by plane. A disabled person should have prior information regarding the aircraft he has to travel in. Such information, including time of the flight, availability of a lavatory and any limitations attached to the plane which may create problems for a handicap are mandatory. Moreover, the traveler should be made aware of other services and facilities available in the plane. These facilities include availability of a wheelchair, a luggage carrier and the attendants on board.

In addition, people with disability or their caretakers should know about the parking facilities in the terminal area, accessible parking space, restroom availability, and medical facilities. In addition, the ticket delivery system, time of arrival and departure, delay status and the availability of seats should be prioritized.

A plane with thirty or more passengers should half of its seats movable to carry the passengers with a disability. A plane with hundred seats should provide at least one priority seat for the disabled. A plane with sixty seats should provide at least one on board wheelchair for the disabled. Keeping in view of all these facilities and requirements, air travel can be made accessible and comfortable for the disabled.