An article by the Bureau of Internet Accessibility describes a U.S. Department of Transportation regulation that recently went into effect, which requires all airline websites to be accessible to everyone so that passengers with disabilities will have the same access to air travel-related information as passengers without disabilities. Despite having independent audits performed on their websites and being required to make corrections to their site, several airline websites still have much work to do to improve their accessibility.
“Baby steps forward are better than no steps,” explains Christian Antkowiak, counsel in the firm’s Labor & Employment practice, “and hopefully the Internet community can just keep nudging industries along, as the DOT did to the airline industry. Eventually the Internet will become a more accessible place for everyone.”
He also noted that there has been an increase in litigation nationwide about website accessibility, which means remediating a website could help companies avoid such litigation, saving them legal fees and expenses.
Read the full article – “Aviation Industry Websites: How Successful Have the Airline Carriers Been in Making Their Websites Accessible?” (Bureau of Internet Accessibility, February 26, 2016)