DOT Announces Rule for Airplane Restroom Accessibility

Inaccessible lavatories are an issue for disabled passengers.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final rule requiring airlines to install fully accessible bathrooms in all new single-aisle aircraft. For the restrooms to be accessible, the facilities need to be large enough for two “95th percentile” sized males to maneuver inside them, allowing a wide range of persons with disabilities and their attendants to be able to access the restroom as needed.

“The inability to safely access and use the lavatory on long flights can impact the dignity of passengers with disabilities and deter them from traveling by air, limiting their independence and freedom to travel,” the department stated. “This final rule addresses a human rights issue and promotes freedom to travel for people with disabilities.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Transportation Department officials as they endeavor to facilitate air travel for those with disabilities.
  • For Acting Administrator Polly Trottenberg as she oversees the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • For Secretary Buttigieg as he implements rules for commercial airplanes.

Sources: The Hill, CNN


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