There appear to be, in this preliminary assessment, no formidable issues that present design and engineering challenges for installing in-cabin wheelchair securement systems in airplanes. While equipping enough airplanes with securement systems to provide meaningful levels of airline service would require substantial effort, the types of cabin modifications required to provide the needed space and structural support would likely be of moderate technical complexity for many individual airplanes.
TRB’s Special Report 341: Technical Feasibility of a Wheelchair Securement Concept for Airline Travel: A Preliminary Assessment identifies and examines potential technical challenges to the development and implementation of an in-cabin wheelchair securement system.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Technical Feasibility of a Wheelchair Securement Concept for Airline Travel: A Preliminary Assessment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26323.
|3 Crashworthiness and Other Safety Considerations
|4 Airplane Space Considerations
|5 Assessment of Findings and Recommended Next Steps
|Appendix A: Legislative Request
|Appendix B: Committee Biographical Information
|Appendix C: Disclosure of Unavoidable Conflicts of Interest
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