DOT on "mishandled wheelchairs and scooters used by passengers with disabilities."

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This excerpt of US Department of Transportation legalese alerts the public that DOT intends to start addressing issues of "mishandled wheelchairs and  scooters used by passengers with disabilities."

 Office of the Secretary, DOT.
ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT or the Department) is proposing to
collect revenue information in a more detailed manner regarding airline imposed fees from those air carriers meeting the definition of a large certificated air carrier. Many air carriers have
adopted a la carte pricing with separate fees for such things as checked baggage, carry-on
baggage, meals, on-board entertainment, internet connections, pillows, blankets, advance or
upgraded seating, telephone reservations, early boarding, canceled or changed reservations,
transportation of unaccompanied minors, pet transportation, third-party services such as hotel
rooms, car rentals, and pick-up and delivery services, et cetera. The Department wants to make airline pricing more transparent to consumers and airline analysts. This action is in response to a departmental initiative and responds to recommendations of the Government Accountability Office. Also, the Department is proposing to change the way it computes mishandled baggage rates from mishandled baggage reports per unit of domestic enplanements to mishandled bags per unit of checked bags. Fees for checked baggage have changed consumer behavior regarding the number of bags they check, skewing mishandled baggage rates. Finally, the Department is proposing to fill a data gap by collecting separate statistics for mishandled wheelchairs and  scooters used by passengers with disabilities.

DOT
Docket No. RITA 2011-0001
RIN 2139-AA13

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