March 15, 1988 |
For as long as any of us can remember, commercial airlines have been been no friend to the disabled passenger. With this in mind, I always check the train schedules first before embarking on a long journey. However, last year, the U.S. Congress gave the disabled air passenger a new lease on life in the skies by passing the Air Carrier Access Act, ostensibly ending discrimination against disabled passengers forever. It is my sad duty to report that this is not the end of bad treatment, embarrassing scenes and undignified confrontations between handicapped fliers and agents of the airlines.
August 29, 1999 |
The U.S. Department of Transportation has charged Continental Airlines with discriminating against disabled passengers, a violation of the Air Carrier Access Act. Three formal complaints by passengers were cited in an Aug. 16 announcement by the DOT's office of aviation enforcement. They allege that during flights in 1997 and 1998, the airline failed to provide adequate assistance to wheelchair-dependent passengers in boarding and leaving aircraft. Two of the complaints also charged that Continental failed to stow the passengers' wheelchairs in the passenger compartment as required by DOT rules.
October 31, 1990 |
For someone with a physical disability, getting on a commercial airliner can be like jumping off the Sears Tower with a bungee cord around the ankles. Once airborne, the handicapped person's freedom is usually subject to forces beyond his or her control. A flood of complaints to the Federal Aviation Administration about discriminatory treatment of disabled air travelers resulted in Congress passing the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986. The law says commercial airlines in the United States cannot discriminate in the way they serve disabled passengers.
March 28, 1995 |
Attorneys for radio host Daniel Gottlieb and American Airlines said yesterday that they have reached an out-of-court settlement in Gottlieb's dispute with the airline over whether it violated his rights as a disabled passenger. Details of the confidential settlement were still being worked out, but Gottlieb's lawyer, Stephen F. Gold, called it "a fair and reasonable settlement for both sides . . . that will benefit all people in wheelchairs in the future. " American Airlines's attorney, Timothy Sheridan, declined to give details, and airline spokesman Gus Whitcomb said he could not comment on a settlement that had yet to be signed.
March 28, 1995 |
Daniel Gottlieb, a local psychologist, radio host and Inquirer columnist who is paralyzed from the chest down, yesterday agreed to drop his lawsuit accusing American Airlines of discriminating against him because of his disability. In exchange for the out-of-court settlement, Gottlieb is to receive an undisclosed sum of money. Lawyers in the case refused to disclose settlement terms. A jury last week found that the airline hadn't discriminated against Gottlieb on a trip to San Antonio, Texas, in 1994 by failing to provide him with a wheelchair in Dallas to help in making a connecting flight.
May 8, 2013 |
Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport filed complaints with the U.S. Transportation Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alleging that their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and three airlines that contract with it failed to provide proper training and equipment to safely do their jobs. The complaints, filed Thursday, allege violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and ask the Transportation Department to impose fines and order US Airways, United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.
March 17, 1995 |
Testimony is scheduled to begin today in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia in a case that could force the nation's largest commercial airline to change the way in which it accommodates people with physical disabilities. The case involves Daniel H. Gottlieb, a nationally syndicated radio talk- show host who has sued American Airlines contending that the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier violated the Air Carrier Access Act by failing to provide a manual wheelchair to transport him between flights at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport in April despite several advance requests.
April 11, 1999 |
Air travelers with disabilities are better off now than when the Air Carrier Access Act was passed in 1986, but too often they still get a raw deal from the airlines, according to a report delivered recently by the National Council on Disability. "Obtaining service accommodations continues to be a major challenge at airports, ticketing offices and travel services across the nation," the report said. "When they fly, people with disabilities still face uncertainty about whether air carriers will provide accommodations such as effective communication of flight information, accessible seats, appropriate boarding assistance, and careful handling and stowage of their wheelchairs and other assistive devices.
March 23, 1995 |
A federal court jury is to begin deliberating today the question of whether American Airlines violated the rights of radio host Daniel Gottlieb, who is physically disabled, by not immediately providing a wheelchair for him last April at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. In closing arguments yesterday, Gottlieb's attorney, Stephen Gold, said that "it doesn't matter" what happened to the chair American contends it had reserved for Gottlieb or what the airline did to accommodate him when no chair was available.
March 22, 1995 |
Several American Airlines employees testified yesterday in federal court that they did all they could to accommodate radio host Daniel Gottlieb, including delaying his connecting flight to San Antonio, after they had problems getting him a wheelchair at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport last April. Kenneth Bray, an operations agent for American Airlines at the airport, said he heard on a two-way radio, and later through a call from another airline official, that Gottlieb was on his way to the connecting flight after arriving from Philadelphia.