Duck­worth adds rule on lost wheel­chairs

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - – Los An­ge­les Times

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.

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