Up In The Air: What Equal Access Means For Sky Travelers With Disabilities

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Photo: Interior of a 737
Interior of a 737-800 aircraft.

Since President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990, it has had a significant impact for people with disabilities -- so long as they're not in an aircraft. Another law applies to the skies: the Air Carriers Access Act of 1986.

Geoff Ames, who specializes in transportation accessibility at the Rocky Mountain ADA Center, says transportation is the "hinge point to all these disability rights laws," and it should take high priority. Ames spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner. He reflected on how air travel for people with disabilities has improved since 1986 and opined about how the federal law can fall short.

Click the audio above to hear the full interview.