Accessible Lavatories on Single-Aisle Aircraft: Part 2
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - Accessible Lavatories on Single-Aisle Aircraft: Part 2. DOT has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to require airlines to ensure that at least one lavatory on new single-aisle aircraft with 125 or more passenger seats is large enough to permit a passenger with a disability (with the help of an assistant, if necessary) to approach, enter, and maneuver within the aircraft lavatory, as necessary, to use all lavatory facilities and leave by means of the aircraft’s on-board wheelchair.
In 2020, DOT issued an NPRM titled “Accessible Lavatories on Single-Aisle Aircraft: Part 1” (“Part 1 NPRM”). In the Part 1 NPRM, DOT proposed a number of accessibility improvements that did not involve expanding the size of the lavatory itself, including improvements to lavatory interiors (accessible handles, faucets, etc.), training and information requirements, and improvements to the design of the aircraft’s on-board wheelchair.
The NPRM announced today is “Accessible Lavatories on Single-Aisle Aircraft: Part 2” (“Part 2 NPRM”).
Comments to the Part 2 NPRM must be received within 60 days of the date the notice being published in the Federal Register. Comments can be filed on www.regulations.gov, docket number DOT-OST-2021-0137.