Duckworth adds rule on lost wheelchairs
U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth was serving in Iraq when the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down in 2004. She suffered massive injuries, forcing doctors to amputate both legs. Since then, Duckworth, D-Ill., has been peeved that airlines have broken two of her wheelchairs and lost numerous parts of other wheelchairs.
As a lawmaker, she took action. A rule Duckworth added to a recently adopted FAA funding bill requires airlines to begin reporting to the U.S. Department of Transportation the number of wheelchairs and mobility scooters that airlines damage or lose each month.
Under previous rules, airlines were required to file monthly reports on the number and rate of flight delays, passengers bumped off of overbooked flights and luggage damaged or lost.
The new rule, she said, will make it easier for passengers to know, before booking a flight, which airlines have a bad or good record of transporting wheelchairs.