Disabled access to aircraft: a European right!

(B2) The settlement community aiming to facilitate access to aircraft for disabled people and passengers with reduced mobilitye partly entered into force on July 26. This text prohibits airlines from refusing the booking or boarding of a person because of their disability or age. Decision which pleases the European organizations for the defense of disabled people, the EDF including.

With a few caveats. “We are concerned that the exceptions listed in Article 4 leave the door open to future discrimination against passengers with disabilities. For the regulation to be truly effective, it will be necessary to clarify the security reasons that can be invoked when a disabled person is denied boarding," explains its president Mr. Vardakastanis.

Not all of the regulations are in effect yet. The provision (article 7 et seq. of the regulation) requiring free assistance to be provided to a person having difficulty moving does not come into force until July 26, 2008.

To become aware of some of the difficulties that disabled people encounter in accessing the plane, some examples.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).