Disabled Access On A Plane


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Europe Disabled Travel Advice, Accessible Tours Hotels, Accessible Holidays, Disabled Guided Tours By www.sagetraveling.com. International plane travel is not very different than plane travel within the United States, however there are a few exceptions. Focus on the Tips and Advice given by Sage Traveling and we think you’ll find it easy.

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Disabled Access On A Plane

  1. 1. Disabled Access on a Plane http://www.sagetraveling.com/Plane
  2. 2. International plane travel is not very different than plane travel withinthe United States, however there are a few exceptions.• The flights from the USA to Europe will leave in the afternoon or evening and will arrive the following day.• Because the plane flights are at least 7 hours, a few additional challenges arise. www.sagetraveling.com
  3. 3. Sitting for long periods of timeThe first challenge is that sitting for that length of time may be a problemfor some people. Fortunately, some overseas flights use bigger planes thathave bigger seats that recline further than those on US domestic flights. This is true for both Coach and Business Class. Some airlines have seats that lie completely flat in Business Class (which certainly makes sleeping easier), but the cost for Business Class is about 7 or 8 times more expensive than Coach. You can sit on your wheelchair cushion if you need to. www.sagetraveling.com
  4. 4. Using the bathroomThe second challenge is using the bathroom during the flight. This isgenerally not a problem because a folding “aisle chair” is kept onboard,and the flight attendants can help you get to the bathroom. The onboardaisle chair is similar to the aisle chair used to board the plane – it is verynarrow and has four very small wheels underneath it. www.sagetraveling.com
  5. 5. Using the bathroomThere are no big wheels to push so you will need a flight attendant to pushyou. There is at least one accessible bathroom onboard which is bigenough to fit the aisle chair in. Flight attendants can help you transfer ifyou need it. They’ll appreciate it if you do not ask for assistance while theyare serving meals. Other options include using a leg bag or peeingdiscretely into a bottle while in your seat…which is really easy to do ifeveryone is asleep (hey, ya do what ya gotta do!) www.sagetraveling.com
  6. 6. Seat SelectionAs for your seat selection, you have a few options. The typical layout of arow on an international plane is window, 2 seats, aisle, 3 or 4 seats in themiddle, aisle, 2 seats, then the window. The first option is to take an aisleseat in the bulkhead, which is the first row behind Business Class. There isadditional leg room in the row, and it allows people sitting next to you toexit the row more easily. The problem with the bulkhead is that the armsdo not fold up because they contain the trays. www.sagetraveling.com
  7. 7. Seat SelectionThis can make for an awkward transfer. The second option is to sit in awindow seat on a row that is not in the bulkhead. The arms fold up onthese seats which makes the transfer easier. Additionally, if you sit at thewindow no one will need to climb over you. The third option is to get anaisle seat in the middle portion of a non-bulkhead row. The persons sittingon either side of you can exit to either aisle rather than climbing overyou. The decision really depends on how well you transfer and how manypeople you have with you. www.sagetraveling.com
  8. 8. Flight TransfersWhen I have a layover in the USA, I always insist on having my wheelchairbrought to me at the door of the plane and pushing myself to my nextflight. In Europe, I have found that this is not necessarily the standard wayof doing things. When I have had layovers in Paris, sometimes they willtransfer me to an airport wheelchair, and an airport employee will push methrough customs and to another terminal. www.sagetraveling.com
  9. 9. Flight TransfersThe plus side of doing it this way is that you avoid a potentially longcustoms line and you’ve got an airport employee to help you navigate thevarious terminals. The potential downside is if your flight is delayed, youmay have some difficulty figuring out where your wheelchair ends up. Besure that they put a baggage check tag on your wheelchair….if you getseparated from it, they will be able to easily locate it. www.sagetraveling.com
  10. 10. MiscellaneousMost flight attendants on flights within Europe will speak English. -Normally I stay in my own chair until I get to the plane, but at the Berlinairport I was asked to transfer into an airport wheelchair so that they couldrun my wheelchair through the X-ray machine. I then stayed in the airportwheelchair until I got to the plane.- On some flights, the plane will park onthe runway rather than pulling up to the jetway. To get on and off theplane, the airport personnel will get you off the plane by using an elevatingvehicle that is similar to the one they use to load the meals onto theplane. There are no challenges with this….it’s just a little different. www.sagetraveling.com
  11. 11. Miscellaneous- Very important info about RyanAir! You have to inform them when youbook the flight (or at least 24 hours before the flight) that you will needassistance boarding the flight. They need to reserve assistance at theairport, and they will not let you board otherwise! Seriously! This has beena big controversy and is not the case with British Airways, Air France, EasyJet, etc… RyanAir and EasyJet are the cheapest flights within Europe.- Allflight attendants on trans-Atlantic flights will speak English. www.sagetraveling.com
  12. 12. We look forward to making your accessible dream vacation a reality! Call Us: 1-888-645-7920 Contact us at info@sagetraveling.com http://www.sagetraveling.com/Plane http://www.sagetraveling.com http://www.sagetraveling.com/