Accessibility Information

Striving to make your travel experience easy, safe, and comfortable

Kern County is committed to providing a variety of services and accessibility options for travelers using the Meadows Field Airport. We are striving to make your travel experience as safe, comfortable and easy as possible. This information is provided to familiarize you with the airport’s services and facilities.

Passengers Arriving at BFL Airport
Our airline partners provide wheelchair assistance from the aircraft to the baggage claim area, rental car area, and curb. Travelers must request wheelchair assistance when making their airline reservation to ensure wheelchair service is part of their reservation record. If your request was made in advance, upon your arrival at BFL Airport the airline will have a wheelchair and agent waiting for you at the gate.

Curbside loading and unloading is available in front of the terminal. There is a designated ADA loading and unloading space located in front of the terminal. Please note, unattended vehicles are not allowed in front of the terminal.

Passengers Departing from BFL Airport
Curbside loading and unloading is available in front of the terminal. However, please note that unattended vehicles are not allowed in front of the terminal. Travelers who need assistance with baggage check-in, ticketing, movement to the gate area, and boarding the aircraft should request assistance when making their airline reservation to ensure it becomes part of the traveler’s reservation record and plan. It is recommended that travelers with needs arrive at the airport 90 minutes prior to departure and be at their assigned gate at least 45 minutes prior to departure.
Wheelchair Assistance

Wheelchair assistance is provided by the airlines. To use this service, travelers must ask for wheelchair assistance when making their airline reservation.

When flying American Airlines, choose “special assistance required” when filling out your passenger details. This will allow you to request wheelchair service and/or individual assistance for travelers with a hearing, vision, cognitive or developmental disability. If you are traveling with any electric medical equipment or service animals, you will need to state that within 48 hours of your flight. If you wish to speak to a representative about special services, you may call (800) 433-7300.

When flying United Airlines, choose “special assistance required” when filling out your passenger details. You may also call United’s Accessibility Desk at (800) 228-2744 if you have questions or need to arrange further assistance.


Accessible parking spaces are available. Only vehicles that display a Disability Parking Placard or Disability License Plate issued by the State may use these spaces.  If no accessible spaces are available, you may park in any available space. Vehicles parked in accessible spots without displaying the proper requirements will be cited and towed at the owner’s expense. 

If you need your placard on your trip, the airport allows you to make a copy of your placard and place it on your dashboard.

Ground Transportation

There are several ground transportation options available at Meadowsfield Airport. For passengers needing special assistance or wheelchair accessible transportation options, please visit our ground transportation page and contact the transportation companies directly to schedule an accessible transportation option. 

Rental Cars

Rental car companies rent vehicles equipped for travelers with special needs. To ensure availability of these vehicles, please contact the rental car company directly and make reservations at least two weeks in advance.

Service Animals
Animals are welcome at the airport. They must be on a leash at all times. When making your airline reservation, please let your airline know if you plan to travel with a service animal.
Security Screening (TSA)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is responsible for the security of airline passengers at BFL Airport. Travelers with special needs and medical conditions may call TSA cares toll free at (855) 787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.

Areas after passenger screening are limited to ticketed passengers only. However, airlines may grant permission for those accompanying travelers with access and functional needs who may need additional assistance by a health care assistant or guardian to or from an aircraft gate. If this assistance is desired, the request must be made in person at the airline ticket counter. For additional information on the security screening process for passengers with special circumstances, please visit the TSA passenger Support webpage.

Information About Accessible Travel

New Horizons: Information for the Air Traveler with a Disability offers information about air travel from the United States Department of Transportation. The guide helps travelers who need special assistance prepare for the entire air travel experience, from planning a trip, to navigating airports and getting on and off planes.

A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide to the California Coast offers great information about accessible parks, trails, historical sites and other points of interest around the central cost and Bakersfield area.

Airline Accessibility Contact Information

American Airlines:
Accessible information
Accessible Services Phone Number: (800) 433-7300
Hearing or Speech Impaired assistance, call (800) 543-1586
Submit a Disability assistance request online

United Airlines:
Accessible Information
Accessible Services Phone Number: (800) 228-2744

Website Accessibility Statement

Meadowsfield Airport regularly reviews for accessibility compliance. We are making every effort to ensure this website is accessible to all users. We have developed this website based on best practices and recommendations of the Section 508 standards. If you have any difficulty accessing the information provided or would like to request information be provided in an alternative format, please call us at (661) 391-1870 or email us at