Paralyzed Veterans of America Applauds Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill Passage – Travel And Tour World

Paralyzed Veterans of America, through PVA Chief Policy Officer Heather Ansley, issued the following statement in response to the final passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2024 today.

“Paralyzed Veterans of America applauds the passage of the FAA reauthorization bill and its inclusion of provisions focused on improving the travel experience for people with disabilities, particularly wheelchair users. Today is a significant step forward in our efforts to improve the safety and dignity of the air travel experience for the disability community, especially our members – U.S. military veterans with catastrophic injuries or illnesses, such as MS and ALS, who fought for and earned the right to fly. This legislation not only prioritizes their well-being, but also acknowledges their unique air travel-related needs and empowers them with access to information about the travel process.”

Ansley continued, “We commend the leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committees and their Aviation subcommittees, as well as Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Dina Titus, who worked closely with PVA and other key stakeholders, to enhance aircraft and airport accessibility. From increasing training requirements of airline personnel and their contractors who assist wheelchairs users and stow their assistive devices to improving the Department of Transportation’s complaint process and continuing to study the ability to fly in a wheelchair, this bill includes vital disability provisions and will lead to truly life-changing advances for those with mobility disabilities. We hope this bipartisan support will continue as both PVA and Congress work to ensure that the Air Carrier Access Act fully protects the civil rights of all passengers with disabilities.”

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