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Travel Tip: Flying With A Wheelchair? What You Should Know First

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Image Credit: Chris Coulson

Image Credit: Chris Coulson

If you have a physical disability, or are flying with someone who does, there are some things you need to do before you get to the airport.

This especially applies to those flying with a wheelchair or portable oxygen.

When it comes to wheelchairs, every airline has different rules.

First, you need to have a conversation with the airline. Is your wheelchair collapsible? What are its dimensions?

Perhaps the most important factor—does your chair use wet or dry cell batteries?

If you need portable oxygen, this becomes a much bigger challenge.

Be warned: the FAA will only allow certain devices on the plane.

Again, you need to call the airline ahead of time, or you could easily be denied boarding.

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