Travelling by air as a wheelchair user often comes with a mix of anticipation and apprehension. My own experiences in the skies have taught me valuable lessons, highlighting the importance of preparation and assertiveness. This comprehensive guide blends practical tips with personal insights, ensuring your air travel experience is as smooth and dignified as possible.
My travels have been shadowed by the well-known cases of wheelchairs being damaged during flights. These incidents aren't just inconveniences; they significantly disrupt the lives of individuals who rely on these devices for mobility and independence.
Power Chair Battery Disconnects: On one flight, I was asked to unplug the batteries of my power chair. Upon landing, the staff were unsure how to reconnect them, leaving me bewildered.
Inadequate Transfer Assistance: The airline provided an attendant who was ill-equipped for the transfer due to her small stature. Without my wife's assistance, I would've been stranded.