Lightweight wheelchairs and air travel – tips and considerations

Travelling with a wheelchair doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. However, arriving at the airport on time, getting through to check-in and carrying your luggage is a hassle for most people, let alone wheelchair users. But like most things, potential problems can be avoided by planning everything well in advance of your trip.

Karma Mobility, the UK’s leading wheelchair sale specialists, offers a wide range of wheelchairs, from powerchairs to lightweight wheelchairs. These wheelchairs are designed and manufactured to the highest standards, providing stability, comfort and independence. Our lightweight wheelchairs, in particular, are great for air travel due to their lightness and ease of storage.

At the airport

It is important to give yourself plenty of time at the airport as this will allow you to get around without rushing, familiarise yourself with the space and feel comfortable. Check-in online if you can to save yourself time. Most airline companies prioritise people with mobility issues so that should give you more leeway with your schedule.

Once check-in is complete, prepare yourself for the security check. Again, most airports have a special security check area for disabled people and wheelchair users. Make sure to remove any accessories attached to your wheelchair to help things go along more smoothly.

As a disabled person, you have priority to board the plane and you will be able to remain seated in your wheelchair until you enter the cabin. Once you enter the plane, an assistant will help you find your seat, which will usually be in the front of the plane for extra comfort.

Some extra tips

Some other things to consider before embarking on your next adventure by airplane are the following:

  • If appropriate, get medical proof in writing that you are fit to travel
  • Make sure your wheelchair is properly stowed
  • Take photos of your wheelchair before you get on the plane, so should it become damaged in transit, you’ll have proof
  • Make sure that you bring on board any accessories that will make you feel more comfortable in your seat, such as cushions or head rests.

Learn more about our lightweight wheelchairs

To learn more about our lightweight wheelchairs and how they can make air travel easier, contact us today.


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