I will be flying to New Orleans in July. I now have to use a scooter for long walking. Post-Polio. Any advice on taking my scooter. How careful are the airlines handling things like this. Or would it be better to rent one when I get there. But then I am looking at that expense, since I will be there 5 days. Thank-you for any input.. Gail
Does your scooter fold down or disassemble?
I took a wheel chair for the first time a year ago. It made it OK on the plane. I used it to go down the jet way and then had them tag it and put it in the luggage comp. Then, they took it off first and had it waiting in the jet way for me again. I had heard that these things get damaged but I had a good experience.
I travel often with a scooter on an airplane.
You need to notify your airline that you will be bringing your scooter. When you get to the airport, you can check the scooter at the luggage check in and use the wheelchair service to the gate, and then to baggage on the other end, or, you can gate check your scooter at the plane. The check in agents will do the paperwork for you and attach it to your scooter. The gate agents will arrange to have it taken from you at the gate, and taken down to put in the plane...........they then return it to you at the gate on the other end.
We have only had damage once, when going home, which the airline promptly reimbursed us for. We had reported the damage when arriving at the baggage claim, and received a claim check for having it repaired.
Make sure you know how to hook up your scooters wires............as they usually unhook the batteries, and sometimes other stuff. I scanned and printed the assembly/disassembly instructions for my scooter and used a twist tie to attach them to my basket. This has been a HUGE help. I also printed up a list of "beware" items and taped it to the back of the seat.............like "Do not lift scooter by seat, it is NOT attached". Just in case, I look up, on the internet, a medical supplies company at my destination that can repair my brand of scooter if necessary. I've never had to use this information.
You need to know what kind of batteries you have, or have t hat printed in your instructions, so you can show the agents that are filling out your scooter's papers.
It sounds difficult, but it's not, and it's a great help to have it with me. The airlines transport your scooter for no charge, so it is much less expensive than renting one at the other end.