A new regulation for up to 15 million disabled travellers in Europe has come into effect.
Under the measures, airports in EU countries have to provide services to help disabled people to board, disembark and transfer between flights.
Transport minister, Rosie Winterton, said: "This is a major step in ensuring that disabled people and those with reduced mobility have the same access to the standards and services that everyone expects when they fly.
"We expect all airlines and airports to maintain these high standards and for strong action to be taken against anyone repeatedly breaking the regulations across Europe."
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission”s Baroness Jane Campbell, added: "People who previously daren”t risk flying for fear of problems can now confidently give it a try."
This is the second stage of measures to support disabled passengers flying through Europe.
Last year, it became illegal for airlines, travel agents or tour operators to refuse a holiday booking on the grounds of disability.
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