Flying With a Mobility Aid or Wheelchair
The thought of flying is stressful for many people, let alone flying with a mobility aid or wheelchair. In this blog we outline a few things so consider when flying with either of these things, read on to find out more.
If you use an electric mobility aid such as an electric wheelchair or scooter, you may have to give your chosen airline some information regarding this, including the type of make and model. This is to make sure that it is loaded and stowed safely during the flight and is not a fire risk. Check prior to your booking if the airline has restrictions relating to equipment – these can vary depending on who you fly with.
Before travelling you should:
- Inform your airline of the make, model, weight and size of your wheelchair.
- Take the operating manual along with you – this might be useful for the airline.
- Let your airline know if your wheelchair or mobility aid is collapsible and provide information on how to assemble and disassemble it.
All of this will help if there are any issues with loading your equipment into the hold.
How much mobility equipment can I take?
You can carry up to two mobility items – free of charge. This applies in general to your trip rather than just the flight itself, so if there is something specific that you will need at your destination the airline need to accept it as one of the two pieces of mobility equipment, provided that it is a reasonable request.
You can travel with medical equipment and supplies, provided that the amounts are reasonable.
- Many airlines will want to see a medical certificate if you are taking large quantities of medication.
- You must have a certificate if you are taking more than 100ml of medicine in liquid or gel form through security.
- Airlines are liable for any damage to mobility equipment. However, the amount of compensation may be limited to around £1,300 so you may want to take out extra insurance.
If your equipment is damaged, the airport is responsible for providing a temporary alternative while yours is repaired or replaced, but this does not have to be on a like for like basis.
Here at Euro Lifts our mobility lifts are reliable, sturdy, and make moving as simple and easy as possible. Getting one of our mobility aids can help you to remain independent when getting into bed and taking a bath, along with numerous other applications. We are a long-established lift company that has been operating throughout the South West England for over 25 years. To find out more about what we do, get in touch with our friendly team today.