Accessible air travel is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, under the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 (ACAA). This law prohibits discrimination by both American commercial airlines and foreign airlines flying in or out of the United States on the basis of disability.
In May of 2009, expanded regulations went into effect. These updated and expanded regulations involved such issues as wheelchair transportation, service animals, web accessibility, and more.
There are many things to consider when accessibility is a consideration in air travel. For example, advanced notification for accommodations may be needed, and one should be aware of the policies in foreign countries regarding service animals.
- U.S. Department of Transportation, Aviation Consumer Protection Division: New Horizons: Information for the Air Traveler with a Disability
- U.S. Department of Transportation, Aviation Consumer Protection Division: Passengers with Disabilities
- MIUSA (Mobility International USA): Getting Your Service Animal Into a Foreign Country
- Disabled World: Major Airline Travel Tips for Travelers with Disabilities