I absolutely hate writing posts like this, mostly because in this day and age things like this just shouldn’t happen. The Air Carrier Access Act was passed in 1986, yet I continue to get reports of gross access failures of US airlines. Continue reading
Call it a response to a public outcry, or preparation for a more accessible 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, but Japan airports will be getting a much needed access upgrade — lift access to aircraft parked on the tarmac. Continue reading
I get a lot of feedback on airlines – some of it good, and some of it not so good. For the most part my advice to folks is to learn the law – in this case the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) – and then complain to the Complaints Resolution Official (CRO) if things don’t go according to the regs. And that works fine if you are flying on a US carrier, or to or from the US on a foreign carrier. That’s as far as the jurisdiction of the ACAA extends. Period. Continue reading
A June report of a Vanilla Air passenger having to crawl aboard the plane because no wheelchair lift was available is somewhat troubling to me. I mean, let’s be honest, in this day and age that shouldn’t happen. Continue reading
These days you can rent just about any piece of medical equipment and have it delivered directly to a cruise ship. And in theory that’s great, however sometimes things can go horribly awry. Continue reading
Megabus is having a mega-giveaway, as they’re giving away 200,000 free seats this holiday season. And the best part is, there’s no catch. Continue reading
As you probably are quite aware, cruise ships are technically covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, however since there are no specific access regulations – known as the ADAAG – it’s still rather a moot point. The ADAAG for cruise ships has been a work in progress by the US Access Board for many, many years; and quite frankly I’m stymied by the delay. But that’s another issue. Continue reading
Unfortunately I have to preface this blog post with this notice. The photos on this blog are the copyrighted property of Charles Pannell, and SATW and/or its employees or agents have no authority to use them in any way or to repost them. Sorry guys, but after having photos lifted twice in less than a week by the organization, I’m a little wary.
Now.. on to the meat of the post.
I have to say that I continue to be impressed with the accessibility in New Zealand. Take today, for example, when we visited the thermal pools at Hanmer Springs. Sure, I expected to find accessible changing rooms and barrier-free access to some of the pools; but they of course went one step further. Continue reading