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ACAA: What to Know Before You Fly

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It’s time for a travel pop quiz! True or false?

  • The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) requires passengers with disabilities to provide an airline with at least 72 hours’ notice before traveling.
  • New aircraft with 30 or more seats must have movable armrests on all aisle seats except in emergency exit or bulkhead rows.
  • All new aircraft must have accessible restrooms.

They’re all false. But if you hesitated — accessible restrooms are only mandated on new twin-aisle aircraft, and new aircraft must have movable armrests on half its aisle seats — check out the Department of Transportation’s Passengers with Disabilities Web page. Airlines generally can’t require people with disabilities to provide advance notice, but there are equipment exceptions. Know your rights before you fly.