Air Carrier Access Act Advisory Committee (ACAA Advisory Committee)
In September 2019, the Department established the ACAA Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary of Transportation on issues related to the air travel needs of passengers with disabilities, as mandated by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 , Pub. L. No. 115-254, 132 Stat. 3186 (2018). The ACAA Advisory Committee is tasked with: assessing the existing and emerging disability-related access barriers for passengers with disabilities; evaluating the extent to which the Department’s programs and activities are eliminating disability-related access barriers; and describing improvements related to the air travel experience of passengers with disabilities.
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 Charter
- The ACAA Advisory Committee’s Charter, drafted in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, sets forth policies for the operation of the advisory committee and is available online here and on the FACA Database.
In September 2019, the Department established the ACAA Advisory Committee, approved its charter, and appointed 19 members to serve on the ACAA Advisory Committee for 2-year terms. The Committee held its first public meeting in March 2020 and its second public meeting in September 2021. The Committee submitted its Final Report to the Department in February 2022. Click here for more information regarding previous activities of the ACAA Advisory Committee.
The terms of the previously appointed members have expired. On August 24, 2022, the Department published a notice in the Federal Register seeking applications and nominations for membership on the ACAA Advisory Committee. Please click this link to read the Federal Register Notice.
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.
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.