Air Travel Tips

planePlanning Ahead
Best way for travelling long distance for disabled people is by airplane. However, it requires a lot of planning and there are important things to do. Airline companies must provide disabled persons seats on any flight and may not charge them more than other passengers. Of course, it is more pleasant to travel in first or business class because there is more space but it is also more expensive. Try to arrange a direct flight to your destination and contact the airline company. It is important to notify it of your trip at least 48 hours before the flight and tell them about your specific needs and the type of the wheelchair you will be using while traveling, so that they can make all the necessary arrangements, including having appropriate staff on hand.

Power Wheelchair
If you are travelling with a power wheelchair or a mobility scooter, check with your airline company to make sure your wheelchair meets the transport requirements (weight, battery type, etc.). Before loading the wheelchair on the airplane its battery must be disconnected, regardless of whether it is a dry or a wet type.

Layover Assistance
If you have a layover during the trip, notify your airline company so that it could make sure there will be staff on hand to enable your wheelchair quickly, so you could board the next flight on time. Try to organize transportation for your arrival reserving a suitable taxi or other appropriate vehicle. Otherwise you may find it difficult to find proper transportation from the airport to your destination.

Using Toilet
If your flight is long it will be necessary to reserve an aisle seat because it will be easier for the cabin crew to take you to the toilet and back. Keep in mind that plane toilets are usually very small, so check if there is a privacy curtain in front of them. If you are taking a long flight, it is wise to carry your own toilet aid.

Preventing Wheelchair Damage
Most airlines will not let you board the plane with your wheelchair. In that case it is important that they provide an aisle seat for you and take good care of your wheelchair. You can request that airport staff secure your wheelchair with a special tape to avoid damaging it during the flight. In airplanes, mostly larger ones, you will be allowed to bring a wheelchair in the cabin. You can take a photo of your wheelchair before boarding. If the wheelchair gets damaged during transportation or flight, the photo will serve as a proof there was no damage at the time of boarding. You can also stick a note on your wheelchair with a caution it must be handled carefully. Take care of your wheelchair and make sure that the airline and airport staff handle it properly and with due care.