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Flight with wheelchair

Information collected regarding wheelchair flights

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Tips we received

"The flights were with the French airline Ryan Air. I mentioned in booking tickets a request for assistance to a person in a wheelchair, so that they could get organized with a transfer seat. At the airport we turned to a foreign booth and brought us an escort. 

There is always an interest with the batteries of the chair, one should always be equipped with the documents of the chair and the batteries no matter what. You need to know how to disassemble the batteries (if necessary) and know how to show the airport staff how to do it (depending on the plane, the terminal, each airport is different).  In this plane we did not have an option for accessible toilets, the plane did not have a mobility chair, so I had to take my daughter in my arms, next time we would sit in a chair close to the toilet. I asked the flight attendants to close curtains so we would have more room to turn.

At the airport in Vienna, since the seat is foldable and physically light, it was no problem to find a large minivan taxi with large luggage. The taxis in Vienna are very comfortable, there is a usher, saw that we needed a big taxi, they brought us the first in line. It cost us 50 euros to get to the hotel. "

From the recommendation of Vika Eshkol who flew to Vienna Austria with her daughter in a folding motorized wheelchair

"On the flight to Romania, I traveled with a folding motorized seat, with a" Lyon "battery - with a deep discharge - a dry battery. "In a suitcase that was supposed to be sent in the belly of the plane, but the suitcase remained in the country. With help from the suitcase houses, it arrived the next day with the luggage, but was damaged and I had to buy a new suitcase."

From the recommendation of Joshua Tal who traveled to Bucharest Romania

I recently flew with Elal to Amsterdam. I had to give up the motorized seat, claiming it was too big to fit in the trunk. I was also afraid that something would go wrong on the way and I would stand at the airport abroad without legs (a normal seat). So I rode in a non-motorized folding seat. , Was excellent. After all the tests, I rolled with my chair to the door of the plane. There I was transferred to a narrow chair that went in between the rows and I was seated in a specially guarded chair. There was enough legroom and the attendant sat next to me. ,  It was not easy to move me in the regular seat on the streets so we decided to purchase a folding motorized seat before the next flight. One approved for flights by e  FDA. In terms of accessible taxis, with a ramp, etc., I booked in advance from the field to the hotel. For various trips in the Netherlands itself I booked taxis on the spot, no problem. Overall it was a successful trip.

From the recommendation of Anne Toledo who traveled to

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 Cory Lee - Cory Lee's Tips

7 tips for pilots in wheelchairs

Corey starts by flying as a wheelchair user it is difficult. He has traveled to 37 countries and all seven continents in a wheelchair, and flying is still the part of the trips he is most afraid of. Fear that the possibility of not being able to get to the toilet and the possibility that the wheelchair will be damaged during the flight.

No doubt there are a lot of worries that come with flying as a wheelchair user, but there are a few things that can be done to make the process easier. Here are some of Corey's most important air travel tips for wheelchair users, so hopefully you can have a smoother experience next time.

  1. Request seats in front of which there are no additional seats when booking the flightThink about which seats will best suit your needs. Sitting in this area usually works best for wheelchair users, as it is the first row of seats in economy class. By requesting such a seat, it is possible to avoid moving backwards in the plane, and the seats are usually more spacious for the legs and the aisle. However, in his experience, most of the seats in the partitions do not have sliding armrests, so if this is something you need, be sure to inform the airline.

  2. Learn the law of access to aircraft
    Before flying, it is very important to know your rights as a person with a disability. The Aircraft Access Act prohibits discrimination in air travel for those of us with disabilities. It has many aspects, but it is worth studying in depth before flying. You can even print it out so you can address specific points as needed.


  3. Protect your wheelchair from damage during flight , a motorized wheelchair will enter the belly of the aircraft, so there is a chance that it may be damaged during the flight. To prevent damage, there are a few things that can be done:

    1. Take a spare bag for storing any part of your wheelchair that can come off easily. Corey usually takes his legrests, joystick and headrest in a carrying case. The fewer parts in the wheelchair are in the trunk, the less chance of damage.

    2. Wrap protective padding around any part of your wheelchair that cannot be placed in a carrying case. You can wrap the armrests, backrest and more.

    3. Print a page with instructions on how to operate the chair and stick it on the wheelchair. The page should say how to push and lock it manually, and you can also put your phone number so that if a person loads the wheelchair  There are questions, he will be able to call you. Once you are separated from the wheelchair, it is entirely in the hands of the airport staff, so a page that will facilitate them is appreciated.

  4. Use a sling to make the aisles easier as it is not yet possible to stay in a wheelchair  During the flight (All Wheels Up works to change this),  You have to move from the wheelchair to a narrow "transition chair" and then to the plane seat. Airport staff can physically assist with transfers, but it can be a complicated process. Instead, you can take your transfer carrier to make getting in and out of your plane seat easier. There are quite a few great racks out there and some of Corey's personal favorites are the easyTravelseat, the Adapts mobile transfer carrier and Perfect Lift (I have no information about their existence in Israel). Each of these suspensions will not only make the process easier but also make it safer.

  5. Plan ahead for using the toilet during the flight After so much talk about moving and preventing wheelchair damage, you're probably thinking, "Okay, but what about using the toilet during the flight ?! Will he ever talk about it ?!" This is without a doubt the most common question from other wheelchair users regarding flight and in fact, we have a long way to go to make the use of in-flight services easy for wheelchair users. Here are some things to keep in mind:

    1. You can ask to have a chair in your seating area. The seat on the plane is similar to the transition chair used when boarding a plane. However, the airline staff can not help you with the transition to this chair or the toilet. If you are unable to move yourself into a chair and get out of it, you will need an escort to help with that. If you are in the order of moving to and from the chair, you can get to the bathroom with him, but remember that the bathroom is quite small on flights, which can make it difficult to move to and from the bathroom.

    2. If the chair does not fit, you can use a "condom catheter" or a disposable TravelJohn or TravelJane variable. Covering with a blanket and using a disposable urinal from the plane seat is what many wheelchair users do. This is the sad reality of air travel for wheelchair users.

    3. You can also change your diet before the flight to hope to avoid having to use the toilet during the flight. Try to avoid anything that might bother your stomach for several days before the flight. Also, Corey lowers the amount of fluids a few hours before the flight and then drinks as much water as possible as soon as he finally reaches his destination.

  6. Know what to do if your wheelchair is damaged - Sometimes, even after taking all appropriate precautions, a wheelchair may still be damaged during the flight. If this happens to you, it is very important to file a complaint to the airline before you leave the airport. File a damage report or complaint to the airline as soon as you get off the plane. If you do, they will be required to repair your seat, but once you leave the airport, they are no longer responsible. In addition to filing a report with the specific airline, you should also file a complaint with the Department of Transportation.

  7. Remind yourself what awaits you on the other side as you can probably understand from this article, flying as a wheelchair user is accompanied by many challenges. However, it is important to remember that traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have. When Cory is on a flight and starts to get stressed from the logistics of accessible air travel, he tries to close his eyes and remind myself what awaits me at the other end of the flight: a beautiful destination with wonderful people. And foods. When he starts thinking about how spectacular it's going to be once he arrives, all his worries seem to go away.

Bottom line, there are a lot of things related to flights for those of us with disabilities. It can be complicated and even completely stressful at times, but Corey hopes these tips will make the whole process easier the next time you fly. 

From the John Morris website

On the John Morris website you can find extensive tips on the following topics:

Before boarding the plane

  • How to book a flight and with whom to contact for help at the various airlines (database of over 100 companies)

  • At what levels and types of wheelchairs is help provided at the airport and on the plane, what are SSR codes?  

  • Summary of passenger rights with disabilities

  • Manual wheelchair storage information on the plane

  • Is my motorized wheelchair or  The scooter  Will they fit into the plane?

On the plane

  • Can I use Shill's chair or my scooter inside the airport?

  • How are security scans conducted for travelers with disabilities?

  • How to reduce the chance of wheelchair damage while in the belly of the plane

  • How to get on a plane and what is a transition seat

  • Do the planes have accessible toilets, how can I use the toilets if I am unable to walk

After landing

  • The chair is damaged? Lost luggage? These are the steps to the solution

  • Have your rights been violated? The airline is to blame, submitted a report to the gang office.

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