Wheelchairs allowed on planes

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People with mobility challenges & physical disabilities love to travel as much as anyone else. Part of their experience is airline travel. Passengers with mobility challenges who use an electric (or manual) wheelchair want to use their chair in the cabin. This reduces the risk of damage to their expensive chairs and the stress & discomfort of transferring to their seat.

Currently, a wheelchair user has to overcome the challenge of transferring from their wheelchair on to the seat on a flight.  Airlines agree it could be done differently, but little has been done to actually implement a solution yet. This petition calls for Airlines based in Australia to change this. You may have a disability, be a carer for someone who has, or a family member that knows just how frustrating and upsetting it can be to fly with these sorts of restrictions. Let's tell our fantastic airlines that we want this to change!

There are designs for wheelchair users to wheel directly on to their flight, proving it is doable! In fact, an organisation (All Wheels Up in the US) are trying to certify wheelchair fasteners on aircraft so that disabled passengers who use electric (or a manual wheelchair), can use their own equipment on the flight, instead of being transferred to an aircraft seat, proving it is doable!

Whatever the best solution is, will be worked out by Engineers, Policy Makers, Aircraft Designers. And yes, safety testing etc takes time. Right now though, we want Airlines to commit to implementing wheelchairs inside the cabin by 2025. 5 years should be long enough.  Let's make it happen! Sign our petition. We will take our petition to Airlines in Australia and CASA, the governing body.

Who knows, they may even look at the necessity for disabled toilets on long haul flights as well!

PS  here are links to just two excellent and practical designs:

https://youtu.be/URm1f2yTKeg

https://youtu.be/3Q1LwAvdTXY