Getting A Wheelchair At The Airport

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Getting a chair at an airport is extremely easy but not guaranteed to be available at the exact moment of need for a last-minute request.

To ensure a wheelchair is available at the moment of need, one must contact the airline so that they can plan out your request for the day of your flight.

Many airlines require a 24-hour request to have plenty of time to ensure equipment and staff are available at the specific period of need.

Upon arrival at the airport, it is recommended to grab a staff’s attention to be guided to the proper location.

One should check in with the staff working the desk to communicate your arrival and the needs requested.


Although some people might forget or not be knowledgeable about the services provided by the airline, it is still recommended to communicate the needs of any passenger.

Many airlines have wheelchairs set aside for passengers to use even without a request before their arrival to ensure the special needs of passengers are fulfilled.

Sometimes people use wheelchairs for personal reasons, and if no request is filed, there aren’t any set aside for that specific passenger at that particular time.


Airlines will not provide electric wheelchairs for passengers in need. Therefore, it is important to request a staff that could assist the passenger or travel with someone who can help.

This assures the passenger does not experience difficulty while traveling because they will have assistance immediately when needed.

The main reasons that airlines offer manual wheelchairs are because they are more affordable and easier to maneuver in smaller spaces such as the boarding bridge onto the airplane.

However, TOUSDA has design wheelchairs that come in various sizes to allow users to move around freely without sacrificing comfort or special features offered in their wheelchairs.

Thanks to wheelchairs being built in smaller sizes, some airlines will allow wheelchair users to enter the airport in their wheelchairs until boarding the plane.

This allows wheelchair users to be comfortable through the process of checking in and waiting to board the airplane.


All airlines have the best interest of their passengers and will assist them as best as possible, but communication and prior planning can assure passengers to have a great experience traveling by flight with any airline, domestic or international.

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Notes: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care.
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