LIGHT WEIGHT WHEELCHAIRS THAT CNA BREAKDOWN AND PACK IN BAG
Does anyone know of a manufacturer or wheelchairs that can be folded
yp and packed in a large suitcase? So its easier to take on airlines/ships etc. My wife doesn't always need or want to use a chair and mostly uses a cane or three wheeler at this point. Something like this would be great for me so it could be easily checked and taken along without her having to be self conscience or confined to using it. She would to use it when needed.
Gate checking a wheelchair is so easy (compared to checking it and explaining how it should not be counted in your checked luggage allotment), and having it available for getting to and from the gate so much more convenient, I am at a loss why you would want to have a wheelchair in a bag (probably would not be a very good quality wheelchair anyway). We always use the spare wheelchair (manual, as my mother uses a power chair) as a luggage cart when getting on/off the ship or to and from the plane. We load all our hand luggage on it and it works great.
I have to agree with the other posters..it is so easy to take a wheelchair on a plane. My husband can walk, but he has multiple health problems and gets tired very easily. We bought a small travel wheelchair that weighs only 27 lbs.has handbrakes on the push handles , and the seatback folds down. It is compact and works great in airports and we just check it when we get on the plane and it is waiting right outside the door of the plane when we get off. We have also put our carryons in it when the distance isn't long. We plan on taking it on the plane and our cruise because the Grand is so big. That way, he can use it when he needs it. We bought it from an online dealer called spinlife.com.
Can't wait to cruise on the Grand Princess 11/10/2007!
I'll tell you why NOT to check a wheel chair with the gate personel. They do not care if they are carefull with your chair. They have been know to throw the chair or jam it into the cargo area. I have had friends end up with bent frames, or wheels and torn seats. I have been lucky and never had any of this happen to me, but I have had friends tell me their horror stories!