All Wheels Up currently is the only organization in the world Crash Testing Wheelchair Tie Downs and Wheelchairs for Commercial Flight.
Our President Michele Erwin created All Wheels Up in 2011 trying to arrange a trip to Disney World with her son Greyson who has SMA. After experiencing the difficulties of traveling with a Wheelchair, she knew something needed to be done and embarked on the journey of getting wheelchairs crash tested for Accessible commercial flight.
We ultimately found out existing wheelchair restraints from Q’Straint used in Accessible Cars and Buses can exceed the FAA requirement of 16 G’s. We are now getting started on working with regulators such as the FAA, Airlines, Airplane Manufacturers, and Congress to see how we can make Airplanes Accessible.
Being able to fly on Airplanes from the safety of your Wheelchair is something the disability community has wanted for years. Air Travel currently is a nightmare for us and many don’t even fly because of bad experiences; Wheelchairs get damaged constantly and even sent to the wrong airport and Airlines spend millions every year repairing them.
Our solution is for those who use electric wheelchairs, as well as properly modified Manual Wheelchairs, to independently maneuver themselves onto the plane with dignity and safety
We plan to
- do more Wheelchair crashtests
- work with regulators such as the FAA, Congress, Airplane Manufacturers, and Airlines to allow Wheelchairs on Airplanes
- create more videos showing how Wheelchair Accessible Air Travel will look like
- create a feasibility study for airport safety and using Wheelchair Accessible Golf Carts
- ultimately make Air Travel fully accessible for millions of people who use Wheelchairs around the world.
We know Accessible Airplanes will allow Airlines to reach an untapped market of millions of customers and that it will dramatically increase the profits of the entire Travel industry.
There are currently 4 million wheelchair users in the USA and growing according to the latest census and Adults with Disabilities spend $17 billion on travel annually. There are another 4 million in the EU and millions more in the developing world.
Combined with a dramatically growing elderly population, accessible planes can bring in a travel revolution.
At the end of 2018, All Wheels Up was so proud Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act with our amendment requiring a study into wheelchair securement systems! We spent years advocating for this. It also contained a Passenger with Disabilities Bill of Rights, sets minimum seat dimensions, and much more.
We also created a petition asking the FAA to provide designated Wheelchair Accessible Spaces on every Commercial Aircraft and it now has over 37,000+ signatures. We would love your signature and for you to share it on social media.