flybyguy
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Wheelchair Bound? How Do They Get Up AirStairs?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 2:24 pm

Hi All,

Just wondering how people who are wheelchair bound get into aircraft where stairs are the only means of boarding (i.e. commuter aircraft or airports without jetways).

I presume they would be carried on somehow, but aren't unionized airline company employees dis-allowed to lift anything (carry-on baggage, people, etc)?
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RE: Wheelchair Bound? How Do They Get Up AirStairs

Thu Dec 09, 2004 2:28 pm

Flybyguy:

They go up the same lift that the galley carts do.
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RE: Wheelchair Bound? How Do They Get Up AirStairs?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 2:28 pm

my wife, being a rather large woman, has this occur when we fly to our paper mache shows. The airport personnel, not the airline people, lift her up the stairs.

Also, we normally get charged for the entire row of seats (3) when we travel due to her obesity and her paper mache art that she refuses to check
 
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RE: Wheelchair Bound? How Do They Get Up AirStairs?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 2:38 pm

"The airport personnel, not the airline people, lift her up the stairs."

Depends on the airline, when I was a gate agent we assisted wheelchair passengers onto the aircraft and once onboard we and the f/a's would assist the passenger into the seat using an aisle chair.

If there was not jetway and the use of airstairs was needed we had a electronic wheel chair lift that brought the pax upto the aircraft door.
 
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RE: Wheelchair Bound? How Do They Get Up AirStairs?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 2:46 pm

They use a similiar to Gallery Service Vehicle used for boarding such Pax.
The Wheelchair can be rolled in & out to Board & Deboard an Aircraft.
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RE: Wheelchair Bound? How Do They Get Up AirStairs?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 2:53 pm

I saw in Curacao (CUR), that they lift wheelchair people with a fork lift that has a box attached to it. What an ugly box that was...! and how frightening it must have been for those using a wheelchair.
Anyways, our flight was late by 20-30 min..
But hey, I guess there was no other way...(at least at that moment)

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RE: Wheelchair Bound? How Do They Get Up AirStairs?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 2:53 pm

One time a KOA this was the case. Since they don't gates and UA operates large aircraft (763/772) to KOA, i wondered the same thing. But then when I was flying to SFO, we had an older woman in a wheelchair, who was capable of walking but not up the stairs to the 763's door. So, they put her in her wheelchair and into a scissor truck (like a galley truck), but has a window and is empty, presumably for PAX and equipment. She was raised to door 1R.

Here's a pick I took from Jetphotos. You can sort of see the truck behind the wings
http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=58230
 
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RE: Wheelchair Bound? How Do They Get Up AirStairs?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 3:05 pm

that's exactly how me and the missus boarded in CUR, she didn't like the lift at all. We go every year down to Bonaire, (she likes to paper mache flamingos, thats her specialty) and the sunlight is good for her varicose veins and we take a day to curacao to shop.

Anyways, I would love to get her aboard one in one of those sissor trucks, those sound great. What airport was that at?
 
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RE: Wheelchair Bound? How Do They Get Up AirStairs

Thu Dec 09, 2004 6:23 pm

My uncle got lifted by two burly blokes at both ends - STN to somewhere around the Alps (can't remember... Zurich, Geneva, Austria somewhere... vague I know!).

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RE: Wheelchair Bound? How Do They Get Up AirStairs

Thu Dec 09, 2004 6:54 pm

At SJC they use a forklift with a "Box" that it lifts that they roll the wheelchair into, lift up, and then up even with the "platform" at the top of the airstairs.

Of course, if you are using internal airstairs, that would work only if you retract the stairs and then have the forklift move up to the aircraft itself. Which would sound a bit like a good way to do a lot of damage to an airplane.

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RE: Wheelchair Bound? How Do They Get Up AirStairs?

Thu Dec 09, 2004 7:32 pm

The same is used here in New Zealand - a forklift with a platform attached that has 2 sides and a back, but the front is open (but usually has a seatbelt type thing across the front for safety).

The platform is raised to the door sill height and the person either comes into the a/c in an aislechair or if they can walk on flat surfaces, usually walks on board themselves. We often used to use it for older people who had problems with the steep steps of the airstair door on the ATR-72.