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American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,300 daily flights.


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Petitioning Mike Hhogan, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Air Group, JetBlue Airways

STOP BREED BANS-Airlines Must Create An Expert Animal Health And Care Advisory Board

**UPDATE*** https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/delta-bans-pit-bull-type-dogs-as-service-animals-on-flights_us_5b2bf966e4b00295f15a9a62 The Airlines NEED expert animal counsel BAD. More HORRIBLE decisions coming down. Delta recently announced a ban on Pit Bull type dogs, including service dogs and emotional support dogs effective on July 10th, 2018.  This will be extremely damaging for Veterans, those with disabilities and all anyone who relies on their dog's for physical and emotional support.  We need these airlines to get their ACT TOGETHER. All of these issues can be avoided if they would listen to advocates, animal professionals and owners alike.  Sign our petition to get the airlines to recognize they need our help NOW.    -------------------Trending Recent News- Dog Dies In Airline Bin Dog Mistakenly Flown To Japan The recent news of this dog dying due to poor advice from airline staff just solidifies that airlines need expert advice in how to handle and care for the pets that fly with them. Airlines need expert advice on how to handle pets, where they need to stay, how they need to be cared for and more.  Our proposal is to create a travel coalition of the top leaders in the world on pet health and safety. We will then work directly with the airlines to create safe environments for pets that travel so that there are NO MORE DEATHS. iHeartDogs.com is volunteering to start and spearhead this coalition for the well being of all our pets. Sign the petition below to show the airlines that they MUST have better protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of our pets.     

iHeartDogs.com
277,933 supporters
Petitioning American Airlines

Freedom to Fly

On June 30, as I was flying back to Miami after a vacation in Jamaica, an American Airlines flight attendant told me I wouldn’t be allowed to board the flight without putting a jacket over my outfit. Although my outfit covered ALL of my assets, they told me that I was in violation of their dress code. I was humiliated in front of my son and other passengers and required to cover with a blanket. While American Airlines offered an apology and a refund, this isn’t just about me and my outfit--it’s about the way that the bodies of women and people of color are called “inappropriate,” and it’s time we say that enough is enough. Dress codes have a long history of injustice towards communities of color, and American Airlines is part of that history. Just as recently as 2017 the NAACP issued an advisory for Black travelers on the airline, stating that booking and boarding flights on AA could subject them to “disrespectful, discriminatory, or unsafe conditions."  Join me in boycotting American Airlines until they make a commitment to: Updating their policies and dress code with clear, specific language about what may and may not be worn on planes Removing the overly vague word “appropriate” from their current dress code policy Committing to providing training for their employees on implicit bias, including onboarding and follow-up trainings for old and new employees alike Documenting future dress code infractions in order to improve biased interpretations of dress code   Please sign and share with anyone who agrees with Dr. Martin Luther King that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”  Thank you for your support, Dr. Tisha Rowe, MD, MBA

Tisha Rowe
43,538 supporters
Victory
Petitioning American Airlines, United States Department of Transportation, Doug Parker

Reverse American Airlines discriminatory policies against people with disabilities

I am outraged to hear that American Airlines has created a new policy banning people using power wheelchairs from flying. This is straight up discrimination. American Airlines, the largest airline in the United States, recently put in place a limit on the weight of a wheelchair (anything over 300lbs) and now many power wheelchairs are deemed too heavy to fly on smaller regional jets. Most power wheelchairs are customized to people's individual needs, to support health and ensure safety. From custom seating, to motorized functions, or ventilation equipment, this new ban means majority of power wheelchair users are prevented from flying unless they leave their wheelchair's behind. Estimates show that there are at least 250,000 to 300,000 people in the United States alone who use a complex power wheelchair that weighs over 300 pounds. "My wheelchair has been carried on this exact flight on this same aircraft at the same airline so many times. Nothing has changed. Not on the wheelchair's part. The aircraft hasn't changed. The only thing that has changed is that the airline has made a decision to exclude me" said John Morris in a recent interview with NPR after he was denied access to a flight. Did you know that prior to COVID, roughly 30 wheelchairs were being damaged a day in the US? American Airlines has often had one of the worst rankings on those lists of airlines that damage or lose wheelchairs. In the most recent report from the Department of Transportation, for July, American mishandled 1.95% of the wheelchairs and scooters it carried, ranking 16th of 17 airlines. Like many, I have personally had my wheelchairs damaged or totaled. I have faced extreme discrimination, emotional trauma and physical harm. What the entire travel industry needs to do is redesign wheelchair handling and overall customer care for people with disabilities...not further isolate and discriminate paying customers. I am calling for an immediate reversal of this new discriminatory policy by American Airlines, and further, a complete and comprehensive review of how American Airlines addresses customers with disabilities in designing new policies moving forward. Please sign this petition! #CripAmericanAir to end ableism in travel. [image credit: John Morris, wheelchairtravel.org]

Maayan Ziv
8,398 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S. House of Representatives, U​.​S. Senate, President of the United States, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell

Bailout Must Pay All Workers At All Airlines

AIRLINE BAILOUT MUST PAY EVERY WORKER AT EVERY AIRLINE  Any bailout should benefit workers first! This should include flight attendants, pilots, airline ground workers, airline caterers, airport cleaners, greeters, security screeners, wheelchair attendants, and other airport service workers. Anyone who touches aviation. Flight attendants and other airline workers have continued to work on the front-line, exposed to hundreds of people per day, as they help people move to where they need to be during the coronavirus crisis. Some airlines, including American and Delta, have made a decision to provide pilots with partial pay and paid early retirement while offering flight attendants and other employees unpaid leaves and voluntary separations. We need a comprehensive government plan that provides continued pay and benefits to all workers. Any early retirement or separation packages must include an acceptable financial component as well as long term health benefits.  Join us in backing the plan being presented in Washington by unions and lawmakers that ensures airline workers at every airline—not executives and shareholder profits—are at the center of the effort to shore up the industry. Here is a link to the information of unions working together on this legislation.  This approach would avoid mass layoffs and keep airline personnel and fleets poised to return to the skies when COVIS-19 subsides by providing direct payroll subsidies to workers in the airline industry.  For years, airline employees have been pushed to the limits, working harder with less staff, under contracts crafted during airline bankruptcies.  Airlines have racked up billions in profits and rather than invest in their employees, they’ve spent the cash on stock buybacks and executive bonuses. Now they need a bailout. How about bailing out front line workers?  Get more info on our website CrewPower.Org

CrewPower
6,970 supporters
Petitioning United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines

Handicap Airplane Seats: Why We Need Them

To United Airlines and all other national and international airline companies: My name is Victoria Rossi. I am 18 years old and live in New Jersey. When I was less than a year old, I was diagnosed with congenital muscular dystrophy, which has led me to live in a wheelchair. Having a disability can be frustrating. It comes with its ups and downs. The last thing a disabled person wants to feel like is powerless. To replace this feeling, we try to lead a normal life and act just like any other teenager. One way I act like any other teenage girl is traveling. As an early graduation present, my parents took me to Las Vegas. Like anybody else, I was thrilled to take off and see the glamour of the city. But first, I had to deal with leaving New Jersey and flying across the country. Most kids with muscular dystrophy have secondary medical conditions which require a lot of necessary medical equipment. I would not be able to travel without this equipment, which means I have a lot of carry-ons. Between me and my parents, there were 3 suitcases and 12 carry-ons. The packing process seems exhausting already, but this is just scratching the surface. My muscular dystrophy and scoliosis cause me to have a hard time keeping my posture. Because of this, I cannot sit in a regular airplane seat. Instead, I have to sit in a toddler car seat. As juvenile as it may seem, it is the only thing that supports my back and head. It has to be strapped down to the airplane seat. Once I am in my car seat, I have to sit in it from the start of boarding to after everyone else gets off the plane. To add to this, the airline company struggled to load my wheelchair into the “belly” of the plane. My mom had to explain how to maneuver my chair and eventually had to go to the belly of the plane and help the cargo loaders. They eventually had to tilt my chair sideways and leave it in the plane that way. This delayed my flight by almost an hour. If major turbulence happened during the flight and my chair fell over, it could have been damaged, and then I would not be able to move around or function on vacation. These inconveniences can be even worse for other disabled people. I was in an uncomfortable car seat for almost 8 hours, leaving my body in physical and emotional trauma. Some families may not be able to afford or use a car seat and will have to sit their child or sibling in their lap. This can also be very exhausting for a disabled person and for the person that is supporting them. For these reasons and more, wheelchair accessibility should be considered for airplanes. Although it would mean the removal of a couple of seats, it would be much more efficient for people in wheelchairs to have them simply roll from the gate to the plane in their chair than to have them transferred from their chair to a different and uncomfortable seat. All that you need to do is remove some seats and add wheelchair tie downs. You can find these in other accessible vehicles such as minivans and buses. Now, before you close this letter, let me explain why it would be easier to have accessible airplanes. First and foremost, this would allow the maximum amount of comfort for those in wheelchairs. Most wheelchairs have footrests and a recline or tilt function. Airplane seats do not have all of these features. This would also most likely take away some carry-ons and create smoother transitions during the travel process. Disabled people want nothing more than normal life, and an easier travel day can add to this. Traveling is stressful enough for people who are able, so please consider handicap children, teenagers, and adults when creating new airplane models. Have handicapped people roam freely. I thank you in advance for considering this adaptation.                                          Sincerely,                                       Victoria Rossi

Victoria Rossi
6,501 supporters