(handwritten) Aug 28, 1993 Mr. Donald Walker U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division 10th + Pennsylvania, N.W. Washington, D.C.


It has been suggested to us (by U.S. Senator Carl Levin) that we contact your office regarding the use of oxygen on commercial flights and while in terminals awaiting connecting flights. Oxygen provided by airlines adds a cost of $50 - $75 per flight segment, and does not permit use while in terminals or when flying on air link (commuter lines. We feel that as handicapped persons that our rights to travel are being severely curtailed. We are aware that F.A.A. (D.O.J.) Regulations 121.574 states "A certificate holder" may allow a passenger to carry and operate equipment etc. Part 7 (b) is no longer relevant, smoking on domestic flights is banned. As for sec. a, our suppliers are certificate holders and maintain equipment under regulations and can supply us with the type of equipment to fit under a seat in even the Air Ling (Commuter) air craft. As the regulation now stands, those of us who need or have spouses that need oxygen are definitely being discriminated against for being handicapped. Public Law 101-336, July 26, 1990. Sec 2 (b) purpose 1. to provide a clear and comprehensive mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. We request correction of this discriminatory action by the F.A.A. c.c. Sen. Carl Levin


Further Public Law 101-336 July 26, 1990, Section 2. Findings Purposes a. Findings (3) discrimination against individuals with disabilities persists in such critical areas as employment housing, public accommodations, education, trans portation, communications, recreation, institutional ization, health services, voting and access to public services. (5) individuals with disabilities continually encounter various forms of discrimination, including outright intentional exclusion, the discrimination effects of architectural, transportation, and communication barriers, overprotective rules and policies, failures, to make modifications to existing facilities and practice exclusionary qualification standards and criteria, segregation and relegation to lesser services, program activities, benefits, jobs, or other opportunities. b. Purpose - it is the clear purpose of this act(1) to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities (3) to ensure that the Federal Government play a central role in enforcing the standards established in this act on behalf of individuals with disabilities and

(4) to involve the sweep of congressional authority, indic ing the power to enforce the fourteenth amendment and to regulate commerce in order to address the major areas of discrimination faced day to day by people with disabilities. It is also discriminatory to charge $50 - $75 per segment and not allow the patient to return the oxygen during a layover. How are we to get to a destination where commuter lines are the final segment?

c.c. Senator Carl Levin


We have been denied the ability to fly to visit our children. This is due to F.A.A. regulation 121.574 which allows airlines to establish rules by which persons needing oxygen may use this form of transportation. First, we are denied access to any commuter flights. The claim by these lines are that oxygen tanks will not fit under the seat. This means we must find other means of travel to complete a Trip. Secondly, we will be charged $50 - $75 by the on the airline) per segment; the (ILLEGIBLE) the cost of the ticket. When awaiting a connection flight we would not retain the oxygen at the terminal and have to pay again to h(ILLEGIBLE) brought to us. These costs could add $300 - $500 to the cost of our trip. Third, the airlines under F.A.A. regulations

will not allow us to use the oxygen we (ILLEGIBLE) day as route to survive. Tests of buoyancy can be conducted as security. Smoking on domestic (ILLEGIBLE) that as possible hazard. We therefore are being discriminated against And as a . The ADA The discrimination of handicapped We are looking to our government for a redress Of grievance by forulation of a (ILLEGIBLE) The handicapped (ILLEGIBLE) c.c. Sen. Carl Levin XX (b)(7)(c) 01-02726