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Flying With A Quadriplegic - Questions  
User currently offlineAZA330 From Italy, joined Feb 2004, 289 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4674 times:

Hi all,
I have a friend who is a quadriplegic, and, if possible, he would like to go visit his cousin who lives about 1 and a half hours flight away. Of course it would be too harsh on him to be driven there, so a mutual friend of ours, who would eventually be traveling with him, was asking me what all would be involved in traveling with someone in this situation.
For as much as I like airliners, I have no idea on how to answer this question, so I thought about seeking your help. However, I am not even sure what questions to ask - like "what all is involved in flying with someone who cannot really move, from boarding to eventual emergency procedures?" - so if anyone has any experience, insight, knowledge about this scenario, please let me know.
Thank you in advance!

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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4676 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

I have handled these requests from an airline point of view, and the thing you MUST (it is not optional) do is contact your airline as soon as you can! the earlier you do this the better things can be arranged, and they will be answer your questions best.


For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2415 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4651 times:

Quoting AZA330 (Thread starter):
I have a friend who is a quadriplegic, and, if possible, he would like to go visit his cousin who lives about 1 and a half hours flight away.
Quoting AZA330 (Thread starter):
so if anyone has any experience, insight, knowledge about this scenario, please let me know.


Traveling with a handicapped person is no problem at all, if you do it right! This is my opinion and my experience, traveling shouldn't be done on a low-cost airline or you should expect problems with seating, extra baggage allowance etc.)! Best way is to book straight with the airline. A must do is to request the following items (for quadriplegic):
-WCHC Wheelchair transport from the check-in to the a/c seat
-WCMP Transport for the manual(!) wheelchair (ATTN. not all airline accept battery powered -WCBD- wheelchairs!)
-extra luggage allowance for medical equipment (like catheter etc.)
-seat reservation at the front of the a/c
-order of a WCOB (Wheelchair on board) - unfortunately, not all airlines provide WCOB

Some airlines, like Lufthansa, are offering an outstanding service through their MedicalDepartment. LH even published a fantastic guide, have a look:

http://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/Travelers-with-special-needs

[Edited 2012-08-09 14:21:47 by srbmod]

User currently offlineAZA330 From Italy, joined Feb 2004, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4511 times:

Quoting JRadier (Reply 1):
contact your airline as soon as you can
Quoting debonair (Reply 2):
A must do is to request the following items (for quadriplegic)

Thank you for your opinions and advice (and for the link). I assume it would be better to talk with the airline before getting the ticket, right? This just to make sure they have all that is needed on the flight my friends would be getting (and/or eventually which itinerary they have all the needed services on).


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2415 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4481 times:

Quoting AZA330 (Reply 3):
I assume it would be better to talk with the airline before getting the ticket, right?

As I wrote before, Scheduled airlines like Lufthansa, swiss or Alitalia are offering great service- if you wanna ride AZ, this might help:

Alitalia dispone di un Team dedicato alla cura dei passeggeri con ridotte capacità motorie o sensoriali. L’assistenza speciale occorre richiederla al momento della prenotazione, contattando il numero 0665640. Per avere conferma della disponibilità del servizio si consiglia di contattare il Team dedicato almeno 48 ore prima della partenza del volo.


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