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Disabled passengers 'finding flying easier'

26 January 2009 11:40

Disabled passengers 'finding flying easier'

New legislation has improved air travel for disabled passengers, according to disabled travellers' charity Tourism for All.

The organisation explained that, with recent legislation from the European Commission coming into force last summer, more airlines are doing what they can to help.

EC regulations state that air carriers and their agents and tour operators cannot refuse to accept a reservation from a passenger or deny them boarding to an aircraft on the grounds of disability, while airports must provide assistance to disabled and reduced mobility passengers.

Brian Seaman, spokesperson for Tourism for All, said: "Most of them [airports], as far as I am aware, have done a lot to make their services more accessible for all."

However, people with disabilities who are heading overseas are urged to make sure they have adequate travel insurance for their trip, in order to cover themselves should anything go wrong while abroad.