Articles tagged “disabled”

Online Travel Players Boost Accessibility for Travelers With Disabilities

Online Travel Players Boost Accessibility for Travelers With Disabilities

Sean O'Neill, Skift

People who want to select a non-smoking room are shown options at most booking sites. The industry needs to be just as helpful for travelers with specific needs for mobility, hearing, or visual challenges. Thankfully several online booking sites are trying to help.

1 year ago

Legal Settlement With Carnival Promises Improvements for Disabled Passengers

Legal Settlement With Carnival Promises Improvements for Disabled Passengers

Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press

Now let's move on to the sharing economy companies. So much work to do there.

4 years ago

Massachusetts Attorney General Examining Uber and Lyft’s Disability Efforts

Massachusetts Attorney General Examining Uber and Lyft’s Disability Efforts

Dan Levine, Reuters

We're eager to see Uber, Lyft and their sharing economy peers like Airbnb meet the accessibility standards that other businesses are required to abide by.

4 years ago

Industry Experts Consider New Standards to Ease Challenges for Disabled Travelers

Industry Experts Consider New Standards to Ease Challenges for Disabled Travelers

Marisa Garcia, Skift

Ever-changing equipment poses constant challenges for both travelers and an often undertrained staff at both airports and onboard planes.

6 years ago

Saudi Tourism Calls for Boycott of Tourist Spots Inaccessible to Disabled Visitors

Saudi Tourism Calls for Boycott of Tourist Spots Inaccessible to Disabled Visitors

Arab News

The boycott is about raising awareness of the issue and of the businesses that are and are not doing a good job catering to all tourists. More tourism organizations should kickstart such programs.

6 years ago

National Federation of the Blind Sues DOT On Airline Kiosk Access

National Federation of the Blind Sues DOT On Airline Kiosk Access

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Allowing airlines to wait a decade to give blind people limited access to airline kiosks seems profoundly unreasonable.

6 years ago

U.S. DOT Announces New Rules That Help Disabled Flyers with Digital Tools

U.S. DOT Announces New Rules That Help Disabled Flyers with Digital Tools

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Online booking, automated kiosks, and mobile check-ins have made life easier for many travelers, but until yesterday's ruling, they did little to help flyers with certain disabilities. These rules will need to be continually updated as new technology emerges.

6 years ago

Orlando Airport Considers Replacing TSA with a Private Firm

Orlando Airport Considers Replacing TSA with a Private Firm

Dan Tracy, The Orlando Sentinel

A TSA-commissioned survey is not the best tracker of agency performance. But it's likely much more reliable than counting on the state of Florida to deliver a public service that's not riddled with political graft and local shenanigans.

6 years ago

VisitEngland teaches businesses how to attract travelers with special needs

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Disabled travelers spend an estimated $13 billion in North America and £2 billion in England every year, making them an important target for destinations looking to increase their share of the global travel market.

7 years ago

Cruisers with scooters claim persecution by P&O line

The Daily Telegraph

Companies that sell mobility scooters make big pushes to the disadvantaged but not quite disabled via daytime TV and direct mailings. They are an aid at best, but very rarely a necessity.

7 years ago

U.S. hotel lobby is working hard to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act

U.S. hotel lobby is working hard to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act

Reid Davenport, OpenSecrets Blog/The Center for Responsive Politics

Hotel chains have had more than two decades to enact provisions of the ADA and most of the better properties have already done so. It's the bottom dwellers that still complain about the costs and it's a mistake to lend them any support.

7 years ago

Opinion: Hey travel industry, your disabled customers need a little love

Opinion: Hey travel industry, your disabled customers need a little love

Key to this argument is that laws will do little to change the attitude of travel industry workers so the shift must come from the top of corporations and trickle its way down.

7 years ago