The Straight Poop About Flying With Your Service Animal

Lately there’s been a flurry of articles, blog posts and Facebook comments about people flying with “questionable” service animals. What exactly do I mean by questionable? In this case, I believe it’s anybody who has a service animal that doesn’t have a visible disability. Continue reading

Ten Absolutely Incorrect and Completely Clueless Accessible Air Travel Tips

Misinformation is rampant today on the internet, especially in regards to accessible travel. And after reading yet another ill-researched and downright ignorant “Accessible Air Travel Tips” article yesterday, I’ve decided it’s time to act. Continue reading

The Joys of Traveling with a Disability?

Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel; in fact I’ve spent a good part of my life encouraging everyone to get out and explore the world. Not only does travel broaden your horizons, but it also expands your understanding of the global community. Plus it’s just kind of fun. Continue reading

A Denied Boarding with a Tragic Twist

There’s certainly no shortage of denied airline boardings involving wheelchair-users who travel unaccompanied. And for the most part these incidents usually involve passengers who are unable to evacuate the airplane on their own, in the event of an emergency.

But here’s a new twist on it all. What if the airlines are unable to physically accommodate a disabled passenger? And what if this happens, not once, not twice, but three times? And what if the passenger dies as a result of that denied boarding? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Vilma Soltesz last month; and now attorney Holly Ostrov Ronai is seeking $6 million in damages from the airlines, claiming that they violated the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). Continue reading

French Court Rules Against easyJet

It what could be considered a case of karmic justice last week, a French judge found easyJet guilty of discrimination, for denying passage to three disabled passengers in 2008 and 2009. It’s long been the British air carrier’s contention that if you can’t walk unassisted to the emergency exit, then you can’t fly without a companion. They claim it’s a matter of health and safety. Continue reading

United Airlines Chimes in on Wheelchair Policy

As the busy holiday travel season is upon us, I thought I’d post a follow-up to my “Don?t Believe Everything Airline Employees Say” blog. As you recall, a friend of mine was horrified when an OKC gate agent informed her that a new policy would soon require wheelchair-users to retrieve and recheck their wheelchairs at all connecting cities.

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New Zealand Bound

Well it’s time to hit the road again, and this time we are off to New Zealand. I was totally impressed with the access on my last visit to the North Island, and am looking forward to exploring the South Island with Charles and Cherrie on this visit.

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DOT Seeks Input on Airport Service Animal Relief Areas

The DOT has been a busy little agency of late, with two sets of proposed access regulations released within days of each other. The first set, which was issued late last month involves accessible airline websites and airport kiosks; while the most recent set addresses airport service animal relief areas. Continue reading

Troubling Royal Air Maroc Incident

I hear a lot of stories about air travel gone wrong, and at this point it’s kind of hard to throw something new my way. Kind of hard, but not impossible; as evidenced by the following saga of Abdelkader Sifer and his daughter Siham on a recent Royal Air Maroc flight. Continue reading