onboard wheelchairThe Access Board is developing voluntary guidelines for onboard wheelchairs used on commercial passenger aircraft to assist the Department of Transportation (DOT) in rulemaking to improve access to air travel.  These advisory guidelines would specify dimensions, features, and capabilities for wheelchairs that air carriers use as a means of facilitating the transfer of passengers with disabilities to aircraft lavatories since personal wheelchairs cannot be used in the cabin.  As part of a negotiated rulemaking, DOT has put forth plans to supplement its regulations under the Air Carrier Access Act and to require onboard wheelchairs with enhanced functionality.  The Board is developing these non-binding guidelines as technical assistance to air carriers and manufacturers by providing an example of how to meet DOT’s planned performance standards for onboard wheelchairs.

Public Hearing on Advisory Guidelines for  Aircraft Onboard Wheelchairs

September 12, 2019, 9:30 - 4:00 (ET)
Call-In Option: (888) 396-7314 or
  International: 1 (773) 756-0935,
  Participant Code: 1989453
Communication access real-time translation (CART) http://streamtext.net/player?event=BIS-USAB  

Access Board Conference Center
1331 F Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC  20004

To provide testimony at the hearing, contact Rose Marie Bunales at (202) 272-0006 (voice) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sept. 5.

For the comfort of all participants and to promote a fragrance-free environment, attendees are requested not to use perfume, cologne, or other fragrances.

On August 20, 2019, the Board released proposed guidelines for public comment.  The Board has posed a number of questions to the public about specific provisions in the guidelines but welcomes input on all portions of the document.  Comments are due October 21, 2019.  The Board will hold a public hearing on September 12, 2019, that will provide an opportunity to submit comments either in person or by phone.

For further information, contact Wendy Marshall at (202) 272-0043 (voice) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Mario Damiani at (202) 272-0050 (voice) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..