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Travel by Airline: Scooters & Power Wheelchairs

Travelers who travel by scooters and electric wheelchairs should follow all the appropriate measures to ensure a safe travel.

It is strongly recommended that your electric wheelchair or scooter be equipped with "gel cell" or "dry cell " batteries, sometimes the airlines will need a document with specific informtion regarding the style make and usage of these batteries. We can provide this for you at anytime via email, call, Click Here or fax.

  • Wet cell batteries such as those used in automobiles or lawn equipment are strongly discouraged since airlines must separate these from your scooter or wheel chair and store in a leak proof container.                        

Scooters                                                                                                                                                                                                    Scooter travelers who "gate check" their scooter should assume that some members of the airline staff will be appointed to drive your scooter into the belly of the plane. To protect your scooter, other passengers and other airline staff we recommend the following steps.

  • Before handing your scooter over to airline staff place a piece of removable tape on top of the speed control and secure the speed control in the slowest position. This tape should read do not remove make sure your key, or power pin, is well secured to the scooter (retain a extra key with you). Use a strong, durable cord to attach to your key or control pin. Do not use a rubber band or elastic strap to secure your key to scooter. (they will break). To secure your key or power pin to your scooter, we suggest using a 12 or 14 inch 60 or 80 pound steel leader obtained from a local fishing store. 
  • And at last remove any removable baskets and portable seat cushions and carry these into the plane....these do not travel well when attached to your scooter and are likely to be lost.


Electric Wheelchair                                                                                                                                                                               Electric wheelchairs travelers who "gate check" their electric wheelchairs should assume that some member of the airline staff will attempt to drive your device into the belly of the plane. We suggest making several extra efforts to prevent anyone from actually driving your precious and expensive wheelchair. Switch your device motors into free will so it can be easily pushed. Unpplug the battery connection between your chair and the battery and place a short piece of electrical tape over both connector ends. Better yet, if the power cord is easly removed take it with you in your carry on bag.

If the entire " Jostick control" can be easily removed...remove it! If not try loosening the knob that positions the joystick control and point the joystick downward, towards the ground, Or last, unscrew the "joystick knob" from the control base and carry it with you into the plane. In any event, try to prevent damage to he joystick control! An unprotected joystick is an accident waiting to happen. 

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Saugerties, NY  12477  

914.374.2323 

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