Should Airline Access Be Improved? Tell the DOT What You Think

airplane_landing_199029The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released a “notice of intent” to explore the feasibility of conducting a negotioted rulemaking in regards to several items covered under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). Basically they are testing the waters to see if there is enough public interest in updating certain parts of the ACAA to improve access to air travel for disabled passengers. Continue reading

My Comments to the DOJ

As promised, here are my comments to the Department of Justice, in regard to their proposed delay in implementation of the access regulations for pools and spas. Feel free to use any part of it you desire for your own comments. You can submit them here, but do it today, because we only have until April 4, 2012

To Whom it May Concern

As a travel writer who has covered accessible travel exclusively for the past 16 years, I am dismayed and disappointed at the 60 day delay for implementation of the new pool and spa access regulations. And my readers feel the same way. The prevailing mantra seems to be “We’ve already waited 22 years — why do we have to endure more delays?”

And I agree, and strongly oppose the 180 day extension for implementation. For several reasons. Continue reading

My Public Comments on Accessible Airline Websites and Airport Kiosks

I thought I?d post the comments that I submitted to the Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding the proposed regulations on the accessibility of airline and ticket agent websites and airport kiosks. Not because it’s compelling reading, but because I wanted to show you how easy it is to write them. Granted I’m a writer and that’s what I do; however I fully well recognize that writing can be a chore for many people.

But it doesn’t have to be — again, my comments are very simple and straightforward. And yours can be too. Continue reading