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More rights for mobility-impaired passengers .

October 17, 2005., Europe.

The European Parliament transport committee has proposed that rights for passengers with reduced mobility be extended to the blind, partially sighted, deaf and hard of hearing.

The members of parliament (MEPs) find that other categories of passengers who do not necessarily have limited mobility can also experience difficulties when travelling by air.

Under the draft regulation, disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility have the right to assistance at airports and on board aircraft without any additional charge

The MEPS further approved amendments concerning the responsibilities of the managing body of airports in assisting persons with reduced mobility, assistance when checking in and the training of staff of air carriers or airports on how to provide assistance.

They further agreed that any persons accompanying passengers with reduced mobility should be allowed to offer their assistance in the airport with embarking or disembarking.

The carriage of recognised assistance dogs should also be guaranteed to and from the cabin.

The parliament will vote on the draft regulation at its first reading, as part of the co-decision procedure, during their plenary session in Strasbourg next month.


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