Airlines for America (A4A), the trade organization for the US airline industry, along with seven of its member airlines – Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest and United – announced their commitment to improving accessibility air travel for all passengers with disabilities, including those with reduced, cognitive and social mobility.
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“A4A’s passenger airlines are jointly committed to taking action to improve accessibility and services for passengers with disabilities,” reads a letter signed by the airlines’ seven CEOs (Ben Minicucci of Alaska Air Group, Robert Isom of American Airlines, Ed Bastion of Delta, Peter Ingram of Hawaii, JetBlue of Robin Hayes, Gary Kelly of Southwest and Scott Kirby of United). “We recognize the need for a specific commitment to remove barriers to safe and accessible air travel.”
As part of this commitment, A4A passenger airlines have committed to four actions to improve accessibility, while continuing to prioritize the safety of all passengers:
• Carriers will establish an Airline Passenger Accessibility Advisory Group to work directly with the disability community and improve policies and operations.
• Carriers commit to improving passenger transfers and handling of personal mobility aids.
• Carriers commit to improving training on accessibility services for front-line employees and providing more education on passengers with disabilities to all workers in the airline industry.
• Carriers will support the continued study and development of safe and feasible aircraft accessibility features that expand air travel options for passengers with disabilities.
In addition to improving air travel for the disability community through the Four-Part Pledge, A4A says its member airlines meet all Department of Transportation (DOT) accessibility standards and fully support the rights passengers with disabilities stated in DOT Airline Passengers. with the Disability Bill of Rights, specifically the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
“A4A’s passenger airlines have long been engaged in various initiatives to increase the accessibility of air travel. They are committed to continuing to work with the disability community, aircraft and mobility aid manufacturers, and safety regulators to explore safe and feasible solutions that reduce barriers to air travel, and think that the industry’s commitment to accessibility is a step forward in improving the passenger travel experience. disabled’ read an A4A statement.