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Wheelchair Users Can Avoid the Accessible Air Travel Blues

Accessible Air TravelKnowing your accessible air travel during the busy spring travel season can save you a great deal of time and grief. Spring is in the air. It’s a busy time of year for travel planners as many people get off the grid for some fun in the sun.

As you might expect, wheelchair users and other people with disabilities have a little more travel preparation to consider than the average jet setter. Air travel can be downright frustrating, especially if you have mobility equipment and require special accommodations.

United Spinal Association’s Accessible Air Travel booklet provides a good starting point to a hassle-free experience at the airport. After all, vacations are supposed to give you a break from the stress, not cause more of it. So, make sure you know your rights!

Download Free Accessible Air Travel Booklet (PDF)

Here are a just a few things you should know.
• Travelers requiring special accommodations or concerned about the security screening process may ask a TSA officer or supervisor for a passenger support specialist who can provide on-the-spot assistance.
• Passengers may bring manual wheelchairs, canes, crutches, walkers, prescription medications, and any medical device needed to administer them such as syringes, vision enhancers, portable oxygen concentrators (POCs), and respirators and ventilators that use non-spillable batteries as long as they comply with applicable safety, security, and hazardous material rules. These assistive devices are not counted toward a passenger’s carry-on baggage.
• An air carrier must provide assistance to a passenger with a disability in transportation between gates, from the airport entrance to the person’s gate, and from the gate to the entrance of the airport.
• Any aircraft with more than 60 passenger seats that has an accessible lavatory must provide an on-board wheelchair.
• Passengers with disabilities must be provided an adjoining seat if they are traveling with a personal care attendant, a reader/assistant, or an interpreter who will be performing functions for the passenger during the flight, or a safety assistant.
• Airlines cannot exclude passengers with disabilities from a particular seat or require them to sit in a certain seat, except to comply with FAA safety regulations, such as exit row seating.
• When requested, flight personnel must help passengers: move to and from seats while getting on or off the airplane; prepare for eating, for instance by opening food packages (airline personnel do not have to help a passenger eat); use an on-board wheelchair to move to and from the lavatory (airline personnel do not have to help any passenger within the restroom); assist a semi-ambulatory person in moving to and from the lavatory, not involving lifting or carrying the person; store and retrieve carry-on luggage

2017-03-22T23:14:11+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Featured, United Spinal News|