On October 5, 2018, President Trump signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (FAA Act), Pub. L. No. 115-254, 132 Stat. 3186 (2018). Section 439 of the FAA Act requires the Secretary of Transportation to establish an advisory committee to identify and assess barriers to accessible air travel, determine the extent to which DOT is addressing those barriers, recommend improvements, and advise the Secretary on implementing the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). The Department of Transportation intends to establish a Federal advisory committee to be known as the Air Carrier Access Act Advisory Committee (ACAA Advisory Committee) to carry out the requirements of Section 439 of the FAA Act.
Solicitation of Applications and Nominations for Membership on the ACAA Advisory Committee
The Department invited interested persons to submit applications or nominations for membership on the ACAA Advisory Committee electronically via email to ACAA-Advisory-Committee@dot.gov. Nominations and applications were due on January 15, 2019. The Department will consider nominations and applications submitted after this date to the extent practicable. The ACAA Advisory Committee Solicitation can be found here.
ACAA Committee Composition
The FAA Act specifies that the ACAA Advisory Committee shall be composed of at least one representative of each of the following groups: passengers with disabilities; national disability organizations; air carriers; airport operators; contractor service providers; aircraft manufacturers; wheelchair manufacturers; and national veteran organizations representing disabled veterans. The Department may select more than one representative for a group, if appropriate, to ensure that Committee members are fairly balanced in terms of points-of-views represented. The chairperson will be designated from among the members appointed.
Section 439 of the FAA Act requires the ACAA Advisory Committee to review the current regulations concerning the treatment of air travelers with disabilities and determine the extent to which the programs and activities of the Department are addressing the disability-related access barriers encountered by air travelers with disabilities. No later than fourteen months after the establishment of the committee, the ACAA Advisory Committee must report its assessment and any recommendations to the Secretary. No later than 60 days after receiving the committee’s report, the Secretary must submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a copy of the report and recommendations, including any additional findings and recommendations that the Secretary considers appropriate.
In addition, Section 438 of the FAA Act requires the ACAA Advisory Committee to assess the current regulations with respect to practices for ticketing, pre-flight seat assignments, and stowing of assistive devices for passengers with disabilities. No later than six months after the first meeting of the ACAA Advisory Committee, the Committee must report its assessment and any recommendations to the Secretary and the appropriate committees of Congress.
ACAA Advisory Committee Docket
ACAA Advisory Committee documents are available on www.regulations.gov. The ACAA Advisory Committee's docket number is DOT-OST-2018-0204.
ACAA Advisory Committee Status
The Department is currently reviewing submitted nominations and applications for individuals to serve on the ACAA Advisory Committee. The process for selecting ACAA Advisory Committee members is a detailed and time-consuming process. As the Department makes progress and additional information becomes available, it will be posted on this webpage.