Air travel up for people in chairs

Thursday, February 28, 2002

WASHINGTON - Even with the decline in travel since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, the number of customers requesting wheelchairs when they make plane reservations is up.

For example, at American Airlines, the number of customers who requested wheelchairs when they made reservations last year rose to 765,721 compared to 748,153 the previous year. The number of wheelchairs was as much as 40% higher when combined with requests from people who ask for wheelchairs once they reach the airport, according to The New York Times. HME