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Disability Air Travel Information for Seniors and Disabled

Updated/Revised Date: 2022-04-10

Synopsis: Information and accessibility tips on air travel for persons with disabilities, including U.S. TSA security screening and permitted carry on items. When making your travel reservations, request any carts, wheelchair services or any other transportation you'll need. Fully describe your limitations and needs. Get your airline ticket and boarding pass well ahead of time, so you don't have to wait in any lines. You'll be able to arrange travel discounts, get better travel deals, and avoid last-minute travel headaches. You'll need to find out how you'll be boarding the airplane at each of the airports involved in your trip. You may need another type of airplane or alternative route, so you'll have Jetways, or jet bridges, into the plane from the airport and not have to worry about stairs.

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Travel by air for people with health issues, handicaps, disabilities or special needs, can be challenging. The following air travel tips will help make your flight and trip, whether domestic or international, easier, cheaper and safer.

Disability Air Travel Publications (22)

When making your travel reservations, request any carts, wheelchair services or any other transportation you'll need. Fully describe your limitations and needs. Get your airline ticket and boarding pass well ahead of time, so you don't have to wait in any lines. You'll be able to arrange travel discounts, get better travel deals, and avoid last-minute travel headaches.

Talk with your airline representative or travel agent regarding the type of restrooms that are on the airplane. Call your airport and find out as much information as possible about the restrooms and handicapped parking at the airport.

You'll need to find out how you'll be boarding the airplane at each of the airports involved in your trip. You may need another type of airplane or alternative route, so you'll have Jetways, or jet bridges, into the plane from the airport and not have to worry about stairs.

Blue and white Airbus A380-800 in flight – The A380 4 engine jet airplane is currently the biggest passenger airplane in the world.
Blue and white Airbus A380-800 in flight – The A380 4 engine jet airplane is currently the biggest passenger airplane in the world.

Air Travel Tips for People with Disabilities

Assistive Devices Allowed on Flights

Disability-related items permitted through the security checkpoint include:

U.S. TSA Security Screening for Persons with Disability

The United States TSA has established a program for screening of persons with disabilities and their associated equipment, mobility aids, and devices.

All disability-related equipment, aids, and devices continue to be allowed through security checkpoints once cleared through screening.

Insurance

Emergency medical bills may not be covered under your health insurance policy. It'll ease your mind to have this back-up travel insurance and prevent costly emergency medical charges on your trip. Emergency medical costs can run considerably higher than standard medical fees.

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