If you use a mobility scooter and you’re looking to travel, there are some important tips you need to know before you set off on your journey. You don’t want to turn up at the airport unprepared, so carry on reading to find out more.
Can I Take a Mobility Scooter on a Plane?
Firstly, yes – you can take a mobility scooter on an aeroplane with you, however, there are lots of factors around this that need to be considered. For example, you must consider:
- The size of the mobility scooter
- The batteries for the mobility scooter
- Booking and making the correct arrangements for you and your mobility scooter
The Size of The Mobility Scooter
The size of your mobility scooter should be no more than 86cm high when folded in order to be stored on the aeroplane.
The Batteries for The Mobility Scooter
As batteries are usually not allowed on an aeroplane, you may be worrying about how you can get around this, however, there are exemptions made for batteries that are necessary to power any wheelchairs or mobility scooters, meaning that batteries are permitted for this purpose.
These permitted batteries are required to be non-spillable, meaning that they must be either a gel cell or a dry battery. If you wish to find out more information about the battery of your mobility scooter, you can contact your supplier or consult your mobility scooter’s handbook.
The batteries for your mobility scooter must be handled appropriately when travelling, for example, they should be carried as hand luggage and their combined amp hours (Ah) must not exceed 300 or it will not be permitted to be taken onto the plane.
Booking & Making The Correct Arrangements
Most airlines generally allow the storage of only one mobility scooter on board per flight, and this is why we would recommend that you make your aeroplane bookings and external arrangements with a travel agent or via the phone rather than online.
Making your bookings through someone directly, rather than through a website, will make sure that all of your conditions and requirements are correctly logged and arranged for you, so there is less to worry about when it comes to taking your flight.
Luckily, most airlines allow free check-in into cargo for mobility scooters, however, we would recommend you enquire about this information prior to booking to ensure that you are not met with any unexpected costs for your journey.
We also recommend that throughout the booking process you make sure you have all of the important information on hand that they may require from you about your mobility scooter. For example, this may include:
- The type of battery
- The voltage (V) of your battery
- The amp hour rating (Ah) of your battery
- The make and model of your scooter
- The size of the scooter when folded (width x height x length)
Get in Touch with Balance Mobility Today!
We hope that you have found this information valuable, but if you need more advice, don’t hesitate to contact us at Balance Mobility. Our extensive range of mobility scooters is available on our website and in our store, which is based in New South Wales.
Trying to find the right wheelchair for you? Read our previous blog on the different types of wheelchairs available.