Travelling with a wheelchair has its challenges, but there are steps you can take to make the process easier.
Plan ahead – Before booking your flight, ensure you have the dimensions and weight of the wheelchair on hand. And if travelling with a powerchair advise the battery type. The airline will need these to complete your booking.
Instructions – Write instructions for operating the wheelchair, laminate it and attach them to the chair so they can easily be seen by baggage handlers.
Allow additional time – Extra time is needed for check-in and security clearance. It will make travel more relaxed for everyone.
Secure your chair – Take any items off the wheelchair that are removable including the cushion, armrests and joystick. Tape up any cables for power chairs.
Check it – On arrival at your destination, check your wheelchair over before leaving the airport. If there’s any damage from the flight, report it to the airline immediately.