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US Department of Transportation publishes Bill of Rights for Passengers with Disabilities

With global tourism recovering, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued the first-ever Bill of Rights for Passengers with Disabilities to help protect airline passengers and make air travel more accessible for travelers with disabilities. The document, which applies to all flights to, from, and within the US, provides a summary of existing law under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). Developed with input from a variety of stakeholders, including disability rights advocates, national disability organizations, and airlines, the ACAA outlines the fundamental rights of air travelers with disabilities and makes it illegal to discriminate against passengers with disabilities. Designed to “empower air travelers with disabilities to understand and enforce their rights, and help ensure that U.S. and foreign air carriers and their contractors uphold those rights”, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a press release states that “the Today’s announcements are the final steps towards ensuring an air travel system that works for everyone.” There are 10 rights in the Charter of Rights for Passengers with Disabilities, which are: The right to be treated with dignity and respect; The right to receive information about aircraft services and capabilities and limitations; The right to receive information in an accessible format; The right to accessible airport facilities; The right to assistance at airports; The right to assistance on the aircraft; The right to travel with an assistive device or service animal; The right to receive seat accommodations; The right to accessible aircraft features; The right to resolve a disability-related issue. – https://passageirodeprimeira.com/departamento-de-transportes-dos-eua-publica-declaracao-de-direitos-para-passageiros-com-deficiencia/