- Take a medical proof, written by your doctor in English that confirms that you are able to travel and take a flight.
- If possible, travel with a manual wheelchair. You can rent an electric wheelchair or mobility scooter at your holiday destination. We recommend this to avoid damage to your electrical wheelchair during the flight.
- Take a photo of your wheelchair before going on the plane. This to prove any damage
- Take a repair kit with you on your holidays.
- If you have a seat cushion in your wheelchair, take it with you and put it in your airplane seat. This makes it more comfortable.
- Take any individual parts of your wheelchair with you on the plane.
- Reduce your hand luggage, and leave all of the unnecessary items in your big suitcase. Then during the flight, you don´t have too much stuff with you and you have your hands free.
- Communicate your needs and requests at any time to the staff.
- During short-haul flights, going to the toilet, is almost impossible. On long-haul flights (more than 6 hours) there is always a wheelchair available on the plane. But still it can be difficult (because of the limited space in the toilet). Drink and eat as little as possible for your flight and go to the toilet in the airport before take-off. Take your precautions or discuss with your doctor what you can do.
First time? Traveling on a plane with a wheelchair
Many of our clients, and maybe you as well, have never taken a flight since they are using a wheelchair. It can be a frightening thought to have to leave your wheelchair, trust the airport staff to be careful and get around in a new place afterwards. We came up with these flying tips for wheelchair users to help you understand how it works and take away your questions, worries and stress.
Any questions or feedback, please let us know!