For the holiday season, we’re going to talk about what to do if you have to carry home medical equipment while traveling to see relatives. Today’s blog is a list of things you should keep in mind if you have limited mobility:
- Early is better
It’s always stressful when you have to feel rushed during a trip, but there are always additional things you have to account for when you’re traveling with limited mobility. Things such as getting an airport wheelchair, communicating with airport personnel about what you need and using the handicap bathroom before the flight can all take up additional time.
- Let them know you need a wheelchair ahead of time
You can reserve a wheelchair when you book your flight, and this will ensure one will be ready for you when you check in to your flight. Opt to have an airport employee push you instead of wheeling yourself—this will save you energy for the rest of the trip.
- Bathroom before you board
Airplane bathrooms are hard to maneuver, even with fully mobile individuals. Use the handicap-accessible bathroom before the flight starts.
- Pat-downs may slow you down
If you’re unable to use the metal detectors because of hip or joint replacements, the TSA will pat you down and check your wheelchair for explosives. They will also ask you to remove your shoes, which can add time to your travel.
- Try to get a front seat
Many airplane employees will reserve seats near the front for the physically handicapped, so you may not need to have first-class tickets to get one of these. Politely ask the employees if there is anything they can do for you. They may not be able to, but it doesn’t hurt to communicate!