Air Transport World

Disabilities Act: deep changes for airports. (Column)

Public and private airports of au kinds and sizes began modification of their facilities last month to meet the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which became law on Jan. 26.

The new regulations require that changes be made in every sector of the airport that is devoted to the handling and routing of passengers at general-aviation, commercial-commuter and corporate-aviation terminal facilities.

Institution of the new federal law brings to an end more than a decade of negotiations, legal wrangling and political involvement aimed at the resolution of complaints from handicapped airline passengers.

Most of the changes that must be made at smaller airports will follow the same general practices already in place at most large hub facilities that serve the U. …

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