IATA will improve mobility
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of a global Mobility Aids Action Group to examine and improve the transport journey of mobility aids, such as wheelchairs. This is with the objective of performing better in handling the equipment for (business) travellers with disabilities.
Safe and secure transport
The Action Group will be the first of its kind aimed at tackling issues around the safe and secure transport of mobility aids. The group will also provide advice and recommendations to airlines and other stakeholders concerning the establishment of policy, process and standards related to the handling and transport of mobility aids.
Every year, thousands of wheelchairs are transported safely by air. Yet it still happens, that damage or loss occurs. And when it does, it is devastating to the passenger as these devices are more than equipment. “They are extensions of their body and essential to their independence,” says Willie Walsh, director general of IATA. “We acknowledge that we are not where we want to be on this as an industry. This is why we want to do something about it on a global level, not through setting up a talking shop, but by bringing the key groups together to take practical action.”
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