There was a regulation change that went into effect which allows dependents of some disabled veterans to fly on space-available flights.
In order to be eligible, they must be a dependent family member of a permanently or totally disabled veteran.
Back in 2019, disabled vets started being allowed to fly space-available on military aircraft, but it wasn’t until recently that their dependents could join them on the flight.
The regulation change states that dependents of permanently and totally disabled veterans may accompany the veteran on flights within the continental United States (CONUS) or on flights between CONUS and Alaska, Hawaii or U.S. territories. Dependents cannot travel without the veteran sponsor.Military.com
For those who haven’t previously heard of them, space-available flights let eligible passengers hop aboard flights on planes that are owned (or controlled) by the Defense Department.
In order for them to be able to join in on the flight, certain criteria must be met.
First, all space-required passengers must first have a spot on the aircraft. Then there also must be room for all the cargo that goes on the flight. After that, space-available passengers are loaded by their priority group.
You can learn more about the priority groups and get up-to-date information regarding the space-available program here.
Finally, it is important to note that due to the current pandemic there have been strict limitations placed on space-available travel. To find out more about the specific limitations during this time you can visit the Air Mobility Command’s Space-A travel website.