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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

David Strickland Hosts 'Listening Sessions' to Prevent Child Deaths in Hot Cars

NHTSA Administrator Strickland hosted a public meeting on hyperthermia (overheating of the body) in his home town of Atlanta on 15th August 2011.

The listening session dealt with strategies to prevent heat stroke deaths and injuries for the young children left unattended in vehicles.

Administrator Strickland says that "The summer of 2011 is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record and one of the worst years for children dying of heat stroke".

Children left alone in vehicles during hot weather are at a risk of a serious injury or death from hyperthermia.

Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle-consequences may be fatal
According to NHTSA research, hyperthermia is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle deaths for children under the age of fourteen.

Reports from the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences show that due to hyperthermia
  • 49 children under the age of 14 years died in 2010,


  • 21 deaths so far in 2011
For discussing the best ways to raise awareness and to propose strategies for preventing these tragic events are being scheduled for North Carolina, Florida, California and Nevada.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tips for Getting On And Off The Plane



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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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Information for the disabled person at the airport



Amplified telephones and text telephones (TTs) for use by persons with hearing and speech impairments should be kept in each terminal.

Moving Through the Airport
To make the travel easier for an individual with a disability, major airports will be required to make the following services accessible :
Shuttle vehicles, owned or operated by airports, transporting people between parking lots and terminal buildings;

People movers and moving walkways within and between terminals and gates

Security Screening
An individual with a disability must undergo the same security screening as like the traveling public.

Security Screening
If an individual with a disability is able to pass through the security system without activating it, the person shall not be subject to special screening procedures.
Medical Certificates
A medical certificate is a written statement from the passenger’s physician saying that the passenger is capable of completing the flight safely without requiring extraordinary medical care.
Communicable Diseases
If a person has a transmittable infection or disease the carrier may
Refuse to provide transportation to the person;

Require the person to provide a medical certificate stating that the disease at its current stage would not be transmittable.
Passenger Information
Carriers must ensure that individuals with disabilities have timely access to the same information provided to other passengers, including information on:

¤ Ticketing;

¤ Scheduled departure times and gates;

¤ Change of gate assignments;

¤ Status of flight delays;

¤ Schedule changes;

¤ Flight check-in;

¤ Checking and claiming of luggage.

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