This article is particularly written for those who need more information on traveling with a wheelchair, if you are disabled or having one challenge or the other then this article is for you. Before I go on please i will want to advice my readers, planing to go on vacation on best way to get ready.
Best Advice For A Smooth Journey
- If you have arranged to meet assistance staff at a particular time,
please try and be punctual to avoid any delays during the airport
process. If you no longer need assistance, just them know.
- Please I urge all travelers to
arrive at the airport at least two hours before the scheduled departure
time of your flight.
- Allow sufficient time for each stage that means in the case transiting always take 3 to 4 hours transit break time.
- Exercise Enough Patience:This Life is too short for you to be frustrated or for you to get angry
about. if in case you have missed your buss conveying to the airport, just calm
down there are other ways to get to the airport. Looks like you have not
changed your currency to that of your country destination? Cool down there are
enough business men who are waiting for you right in the airport to buy
whatever currency you want to sell from you , have you gotten your yellow card don’t
worry there are options for you in the airport. I always advice my readers and
friends to always exercise patient I always remind them that they are still better
than the rest.
- Try to Wake Up Early:Always wake up early to get prepared for your trip over the years I
have observed that waking up early always helps in setting up your target country
especially when you know the distance from your residence to the airport. Waking up early will always help you get ready
to travel stress free. Travellers who get ready before time always don’t have
problem in their movements.
Traveling with wheelchairs is allowed as far as the boarding point to the aircraft, that’s where you will be transferred to a special aisle chair. But If you are able to walk a short distance you can as well request for a seat around entrance doors. Your wheelchair will then be stored conveniently for immediate availability on arrival. The airline will always want to pre-board you though its optional by you, all you need is to be at the airport early.
Wheelchair as we all know falls in different categories which I will be listing below though not all the classes of wheelchairs are available on all airlines.
Three Classes of wheelchair:
Normal hand-propelled chairs
Those with Type 2 wheelchairs should check with the airline, as a leaking battery in flight can be dangerous. It will be necessary for baggage handlers to remove the battery and place it in a special container. This requires the passenger to be at the airport at early before departure.
Most modern confiscated power-operated wheelchairs have some form of safety battery so that they can be lifted without risk of damage to the aircraft. However, it will be necessary for baggage handlers to disconnect the leads from the terminal and to cap them to avoid shorting. This may take some time, so you will have to pre-board. It may be necessary to transfer you to a special aisle wheelchair in the air terminal, and there may equally be a delay on arrival before your chair is available.
The airlines are responsible for ensuring that your battery is reconnected and that your chair is working on arrival at your destination. Electric scooters can also be transported without problems; their battery requirements are the same as for wheelchairs.
As a precaution against loss or damage, always remove all detachable parts before your wheelchair is stored, and label the chair with your name and address and destination airport.
So long as your condition is stable, you are entitled to the protection of the Air Carriers Access Act of 1986, and the airline cannot make limiting regulations.
In the event of a problem with airport personnel, you should require them to contact the Complaints Resolution Officer, who must always be available and willing to deal with your issues. They cannot refuse. However, to avoid problems, make sure that you let the airline know your needs as early as possible. Also, make sure you have adequate insurance to cover damage to or loss of your wheelchair or scooter as well as personal injury.
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