We're going to Kauai in two days. All five of us. It is a swimming destination, which is pretty much the only kind of destination that Leelo is willing to put up with these days. However, in order to get there we have about six hours of flying and three hours of layover. Not my choice, but the difference between a direct flight and one with a connection cost more than our week's lodgings. So, a connecting flight.
Leelo hasn't flown much this past year, and certainly hasn't taken a five hour flight in at least two years. I am very nervous, but thanks to my friend DoubleTrouble I know that even if Leelo is loud and annoying and kicking the chair in front of him, we can't be kicked off the plane. Here is the PDF she sent me about disability rights and airplane travel, plus her favorite excerpt:
U.S. Department of Transportation: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel
SUBPART C -- REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING SERVICESPerhaps an iron-on version for Leelo's travel day t-shirt is in order.
§ 382.31 Refusal of transportation.
(a) Unless specifically permitted by a provision of this part, a carrier shall not refuse to provide transportation to a qualified individual with a disability on the basis of his or her disability.
(b) A carrier shall not refuse to provide transportation to a qualified individual with a disability solely because the person’s disability results in appearance or involuntary behavior that may offend, annoy, or inconvenience crewmembers or other passengers.
(And, yes we are in the new house and it is both wonderful and so completely insanely overwhelming that I am only remembering to take every other breath.)