TheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1139 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7161 times:
Most airlines would probably allow you to board first. You may have to ask the agent to give you a pre-board card on some airlines (they may not realize you are on crutches). Seeing that you might need the extra room and time to get into your seat they would be more than happy to let you on first (it'll probably help the flight get off on time).
If you are flying a regional or any airline with smaller aircraft for that matter and you can't climb stairs, they may pull up a ramp to the door which would let you walk onto the aircraft instead of climbing up some stairs.
Hope this helps!
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ATL2CDG From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 296 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7141 times:
I hate to differ with you, QB737, but the correct phrase ought to be, 'They should pre-board you.' Unfortunately, I've seen special-needs passengers brought onto an airplane in the middle of boarding or at the end (with a seat in the very back, no doubt). Of course, my airline's (EV) policy is to pre-board all special needs passengers, however, the vast majority of our gate personnel are not sensitive to the needs of our passengers (or simply too obtuse to even notice special needs).
When boarding, my approach varies when it comes to special needs passengers. Many people are fiercely independent and take any sign of lending help as a direct insult as to their abilities. Others b*tch up a storm if you're half a second late in offering a hand. For me, it's really a game of observation and intuition. I generally act of the side of caution and at least offer to help. If they refuse, then I stand back, ever watchful, and let them tackle the stairs themselves. Often times, I'll joke with the senior citizens that 'it's half the trip just getting up those blasted stairs, eh?' to which they often giggle.
Jkudall From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7129 times:
Not only is it a policy at our airline, it is also the law. Any passenger who needs crutches to get around is considered to be disabled. Even if they are just using the crutches temporarily. Therefore, the airline must assist and accomodate that passenger just like any other disabled person.
Captain_777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 295 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7071 times:
My mother is on crutches from knee surgery. We flew 2 weeks ago down to SAV. She was pre-boarded, and in the airport used a wheelchair to get around easier. The treated her as if she was a disabled person (which she temporarily is) and with care.
Komododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7064 times:
Well I'm off the crutches from my knee dislocation, but they're still in my closet, and I'm flying tomorrow TLH-ATL-DCA on FL... think I'll get any luck? What about my friend traveling with me? Would he be able to board with me or not?