BARRIERS TO AIR TRAVEL

Elderly and handicapped airline passengers are a disadvantaged minority in the United States. Federal Aviation Regulations intended to protect this group actually legitimize their inequitable situation. Specifically, frail travelers may now be denied further transport at any point without recourse. Ironically, this situation arises from a regulation intended to prevent arbitrary and capricious denial of service. Moreover, a regulation intended to enhance the safety of the impaired in emergency evacuations has the function of lessening their chances by sanctioning the practice of instructing them not to move until others have left. Even routine flights subject the elderly and handicapped to inept or thoughtless treatment and aircraft interiors present another set of barriers. These problems can be ameliorated but needed are the impetus to change and some incentives for the expenditures required. Overcoming these barriers is not only socially desirable but also economically wise; the elderly and handicapped constitute a potentially lucrative market for commercial airlines. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the Proceedings of the International Conference on Transport for the Elderly and the Handicapped, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, Transport and Road Research Laboratory, England, and the Ministere d'Equipment (Transports) France.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Loughborough University

    Transport Studies Group
    Department of Civil and Building Engineering
    Loughborough, Leicestershire  United Kingdom  LE11 3TU
  • Authors:
    • Sack, A
    • Shaver, L A
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 200-206
  • Monograph Title: MOBILITY FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE HANDICAPPED. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORT FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED AT CAMBRIDGE, APRIL 4-7 1978

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184920
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM