The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 October 2002

ADA DOA in cyberspace?

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that the Internet is not a "place of public accommodation" subject to the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Southwest Airlines had been sued under the ADA by a blind man and a group of advocates for the blind, claiming that the purchase of tickets on Southwest's Web site was "extremely difficult", though apparently not impossible. Judge Patricia Seitz noted that the ADA was very specific in defining areas for which accessibility must be made available, and that no references were made therein to cyberspace.

It could have been worse. They could have wanted to fly the planes.

Posted at 3:38 PM to PEBKAC