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Can I take my wheelchair on an aeroplane?

Taking your wheelchair on holiday is easy to arrange and most airports have very good service staff who are there to make life easy for the less abled traveller.

At the majority of airports you will be permitted to travel to the steps of the aircraft in your own wheelchair, however, some airports such at Girona in Spain do not permit passenger travelling with a battery operated wheelchair to take their own chair to the aircraft and as such it must be checked in and the passenger will be transported to the boarding gate via an airport wheelchair.

Wheelchairs, mobility scooters and walking frames are carried free of charge the 32kg maximum single item weight does not apply to mobility equipment.

Restrictions apply to the transportation of battery-operated wheelchairs.
Electric Wheelchairs can only be accepted on the basis that the battery is a dry or gel cell and the dimension of the wheelchair when collapsed will not be greater than the combined dimensions of more than 81cms (height), 119cms (width) and 119cms (depth).
The passenger must show how the battery power is to be isolated and ensure that exposed terminals will be protected from short circuiting.
The battery must also be securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility device.
Wheelchairs or mobility devices with spillable batteries cannot be carried. Segways cannot be carried.
Passengers requiring special assistance or who are of reduced mobility must pre-advise their condition and pre-book any assistance (if required) through the Airlines Special Assistance Phone Line or select the wheelchair assistance tab when booking your flight.

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