Traveling with air to people with health problems, disability, disability or special needs can be challenging. The following flight tips will help make your trip and trip, both domestic or international, easier, cheaper and safer.
When you make your travel reservations, please ask for carts, wheelchairs or other transportation you need. Describe your limitations and needs in full. Get your flight ticket and boarding pass well ahead of time so you do not have to wait for any line. You can arrange discounted travel, get better travel deals and avoid last-minute travel headaches.
Talk to your airline representative or travel agent about the type of toilets on the airplane. Call your airport and find as much information as possible about toilets and disabled parking spaces at the airport.
You will find out how to board the plane at each of the airports involved in your journey. You might need a different type of airplane or alternative route so you want Jetways or jet bridges in the plane from the airport and do not have to worry about stairs.
One year my mother and I went out of San Jose, California, and discovered when we arrived that we had to go outside on the ground floor with the wheelchair to the asphalt. Four airline employees had to carry my mother in the wheelchair up the steep steps to board the plane. This can be impossible if there are weight problems.
Think about what seating arrangements work best for you. Would a seat make it more convenient to get to the bathroom? You will avoid sitting in the emergency exit. Passengers in this row may be asked to help others in an emergency.
Let airline and flight assistants know if you have assistance. Find out the best way to save them so they come without harm.
Always remember what you can do easily and without help, as well as situations that would require help.
Can you transfer to seats yourself? Do you need a transfer desk or help from airline staff?
Consider hiring a travel nurse if you have serious health or medical problems. There are travel nurses networks.
Can you describe your wheelchair, scooter or walker, dimensions, weight, type of tires, type of batteries, etc.? Batteries may need to be taken. You may also need to rent or buy a travel wheelchair.
Make sure to mention your travel agent or airline representative all the aids you may need or already have as jugs and crutches. Do you need a slow pace or are you a slow walker?
If you want to travel through different time zones, how will jetlag affect your situation?
Consider how the following will be worrying during your trip and discuss with your travel agency: overcapacity, communication ability, speech problems, voice problems, vision problems, hearing problems, heat problems, medication needs, oxygen needs and dietary needs like gluten-free food.
Try to arrange or book your flight through experienced travel agencies or tour operators specializing in disabled travel. There are a large number of agencies throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and many other countries.
Just if you need them, it's also good to know if there are travel agencies that specialize in disabled travel at your destination, for return trips, local resources or travel services.
At the airport, the airline's desk staff should know that you may need extra time to board the plane. Sit close to the door at the gate, so you will be called first and then board at a comfortable pace.
When the plane is landed, never leave the plane before you see or have your helping device, wheelchair, wheelchair, etc. Airplanes must be on the plane until the last passenger leaves. They will help you while you're on the plane, but when you're out of the plane they can not help you.
Make sure you carry your medical and backup instructions with you on the airplane along with the names, addresses, fax numbers for faxing prescriptions, phone numbers, medical diagnosis, names and doses of medicines you take and any allergies you have.
Photocopy passports, airline tickets, American Express Travel checks, credit cards, important papers.
Carry your health insurance information with you on the plane. Know what you will do if you encounter a health problem or a medical emergency on your trip. Get travel insurance to ensure cheaper health care. These emergency bills can not be covered during your health insurance. It will ease your mind to have this back-up travel insurance and prevent expensive emergency medical charges on your journey. Emergency medical costs can run significantly higher than standard medical fees.
These travel tips should provide good insurance and help make your flight with health, disability, disability or special needs easier, safer and cheaper.