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22 November 2016
E-008723-16
Question for written answer E-008723-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Helga Stevens (ECR) , Ádám Kósa (PPE) , Brando Benifei (S&D) , Olga Sehnalová (S&D) , Rosa Estaràs Ferragut (PPE) , Indrek Tarand (Verts/ALE) , Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL) , Jana Žitňanská (ECR) , Marian Harkin (ALDE) , Kostadinka Kuneva (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Accessibility for air passengers with disabilities
 Answer in writing 

The Commission has already legislated on certain accessibility aspects of air travel in Regulation 1107/2006, covering mainly the right to transport and assistance at airports. However, many further aspects of accessibility have so far been left out. One aspect of accessibility that is often ignored is accessibility of information and communication, including both essential safety and security information, and in-flight entertainment. These are currently not always available in accessible formats for persons with disabilities, even though this is recommended to airlines by EASA Decision 2016/004/R.

This is particularly important to deaf and hard of hearing passengers, who require subtitles or sign language to follow safety information and/or be able to access in-flight entertainment.

1. Does the Commission have plans to include these issues in Regulation 1107/2006?

2. How will the Commission promote the accessibility of safety information and in-flight entertainment by non-legislative means?

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