Rights of the Amputee
The Amputee's/Disabled Rights As A Traveler
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has implemented rules laid out in
the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) that prohibit the discriminatory treatment of
individuals with disabilities.
According to the fact sheet published by DOT,”Steps Taken to Ensure New Security
Requirements Preserve and Respect to Civil Rights of People with Disabilities,”
amputees are entitled to the following rights:
- Boarding and deplaning assistance must be provided to passengers with
disabilities, including assistance beyond security checkpoints.
- The limit of one carry-on bag and one personal bag, such as purse or
briefcase, per traveler does not apply to medical supplies and assistive
- Passenger flow through the security checkpoints should be directed to allow
passengers to maintain visual contact with their personal property during
- Once inspected, assistive devices such as canes are permitted in the passenger
cabin. Passengers with assistive devices that cannot go through the X-ray
machine should be request a visual inspection of the equipment.
- After passing inspection, personal wheelchairs and battery-powered scooters
may be used to reach departure gates.
- Folding or collapsible personal wheelchairs can be stowed aboard the
- Air carriers must return wheelchairs and other assistive devices to
passengers with disabilities as close as possible to the door of the aircraft.
Passengers can ensure a timely delivery of their assistive devices by checking
them at the gate rather than the ticket counter.
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