Govt. sets up committee on rights of air passengers with disabilities, reduced mobility

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, March 22, 2012

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has constituted a committee on the "Rights of Passengers with Disabilities and Reduced Mobility" under the chairmanship of G. Asok Kumar, Joint Secretary in the Ministry, to look into the problems of differently-abled-people or persons with disabilities in undertaking air travel and give suggestions on how to improve the facilities to make their travel more convenient. 

The committee has been asked to give its report in eight weeks for consideration of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. 
Representatives of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Airports Authority of India (AAI), Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), airlines and organizations working for persons with disability/reduced mobility will be the other members of the committee.
An official press release said the committee would look into the different aspects related to differently-abled people and persons with disability. 
These include modification in the Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) in view of the improved guidelines adopted in other developed countries and resolution of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), inconvenience faced by persons with disabilities right from the stage of booking of tickets; arrival at the airport; checking-in, issues related to location and design of facilities like toilets, wheel chairs, check-in counters etc; and 
issues at security checking. 
Other aspects such as boarding of aircraft; seating in aircraft; disembarking; and collection of luggage would also be reviewed by the committee, the release added.