Tips for your Flight
--Is an onboard wheelchair provided?
--Do you need a seat with a moveable armrest? Request special
seating, if required. You may need extra space to store a walker or
crutches. If the seat you need is already assigned, you may, by law,
request its reassignment to you.
--Make arrangements ahead of time to have your wheelchair checked as
--Do you need room on the plane to store a walker?
--Is help with check-in available?
--What ground transport is available to and from the airport?
--Do you have to change planes en route? If so, what ground
transport is available between airline gates or terminals?
--Where is special parking for handicapped located? Maps of
terminals can be obtained ahead of time from the airport, a travel
agent or from the Internet.
Once on board, it’s important to know that airlines do not generally
provide services to help with eating, drinking, taking medication or
help inside a washroom.
If you have a medical attendant, reduced fare may be provided for
them, but medical documents are needed as proof when booking your
flight. Check into airlines that offer permanent medical cards
(called a FREMEC). You are not required to pay extra for any
disabled services. However, hook up for a respirator and stretcher
travel are not services airlines must provide. Don’t take anything
For international travel, service dogs require a health certificate
and proof of vaccination. Some countries and cruise ships do not
allow service dogs. Britain is one of those countries, but there are
plans in the works to change their law.
Second, after arrival, check your wheelchair or electric cart before
you leave the airport. Airlines are responsible for their repair,
but you must deal with any problems at the airport on arrival.