A new American Airlines policy restricts which flights people who use powered wheelchairs can take in the United States. In June, the airline banned powered wheelchairs that weigh more than 400 pounds on certain domestic flights, and banned those more than 300 pounds on others.
The policy was pushed through in June 2020, but, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, its introduction was quietly received until it was brought to light by John Morris of Wheelchair Travel. In a post, Morris wrote about being denied boarding in mid October for a flight from Gainesville, FL, to Dallas, Texas. Morris is a frequent flyer who has flown dozens of similar flights, but this was his first since March due to the pandemic.