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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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The Safety Briefing
This briefing is for the passengers’ self safety and is planned for that purpose only. A carrier can present the special briefing at any time before takeoff that does not interfere with other safety duties.

Handling of Mobility Aids and Assistive Devices
  1. As per FAA safety regulations, passengers may bring on board and use ventilators and respirators, powered by non spillable batteries.


  2. Assistive devices brought into the cabin by an individual with a disability shall not count toward a limit on carry-on items.


  3. Persons using canes and other assistive devices may stow these items on board the aircraft, consistent with safety regulations.


  4. Mobility aids shall be returned to the owner in accordance with whatever request was made by the passenger before boarding.


  5. If the priority storage accorded to mobility aids prevents another passenger’s baggage from being carried, the carrier shall make its best efforts to ensure the other baggage arrives within four hours.


  6. On certain aircraft, some assistive devices will have to be disassembled in order to be transported.


  7. Disassembling assistive devices

  8. When assistive devices are disassembled, carriers are obligated to return them to passengers in the condition that the carrier received them.


  9. Carriers must transport battery-powered wheelchairs, except where cargo compartment size or aircraft airworthiness considerations do not permit doing so.


  10. If the wheelchair is powered by a spillable battery, the battery must be removed whereas it is not necessary for a non spillable battery.


  11. Carriers may not require a passenger with a disability to sign a waiver of liability for damage or loss of wheelchairs or other assistive devices.


  12. When an assistive device is lost or destroyed on a domestic trip, the criterion for calculating the compensation is the original purchase price of the device.


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Boarding and Deplaning
Equipment used for assisting passengersProperly trained professional for assisting the individuals with a disability must be available.

Equipment used for assisting passengers must be kept in good working condition.

On connecting flights, the delivering carrier is responsible for providing assistance to the individual with a disability in reaching his or her connecting flight.

Carriers cannot leave a passenger unattended for more than 30 minutes in a ground wheelchair, boarding chair, or other device in which the passenger is not independently mobile.

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