Can I Take My Mobility Scooter on The Plane?

Jan 16, 2020Dian Templeton0 comments

Have you ever gotten that sudden desire to see the world? Are you worried about being able to get around efficiently? Then don’t worry! We’re here to help. In fact, we have Australia’s largest range of travel mobility scooters. Hundreds of our customers travel domestically and internationally all year round.

Which Ones Can be Taken on the Plane?

Single Mobility Electric

All airlines typically allow one mobility scooter aboard per
flight. Keep that in mind when you are booking and inform them that you intend
to bring your scooter aboard.

Per general airline requests the height of your scooter
should not exceed 86 cm when folded and the battery must be either a ‘gel cell’
or a ‘dry’ battery. Avoid ‘wet’ battery types as they will not be permitted
aboard the aircraft.

Luckily for us all of our travel-freely scooters comply with
these requirements!

Just head over to our Plane
Safe Mobility Scooter Range
to check out our collections. All of our travel
scooters also come with a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) that will provide
you and the airline with all the details and specs needed.

Our Top Picks of Plane Safe Mobility Scooters

The Heartway Verve

The Verve is our most popular portable scooter, and the newest on the market! It's designed to tackle tougher terrains than other portable scooters. With a robust design for extra stability and an auto-fold function, it's no wonder so many of our customers love it!

The Heartway Brio 4

The Brio 4 is another of our more popular travel scooters. Compact and lightweight, it weighs only 22.8kg and has a unique Indigo Suspension System designed to keep all four wheels on the ground.

The Heartway Easy Move

The Heartway Easy Move is one of the lightest travel scooter on the market, weighing in at only 19.6kg! It's an ideal choice if you want to travel!

The Journey to the

Here’s our handy guide for plane travel with a mobility scooter:

Know your equipment

Before you plan your wondrous adventure, just check that you have all the details about your equipment. Fortunately when purchasing your scooter you should have received a MSDS that will provide you with all the information that you need! If not just contact us at Out and About Healthcare and we will be happy to assist you.

Some of the information that you will need to know regards battery
types (Lithium, gel, LED) and size (Voltage and amp hour), the make and model
of your scooter and the size of the scooter when folded (Width x height x
length). At Out and About all our travel scooters come with a travel safety
data sheet that will answer any questions the airline may have in regards to
the battery, model and sizing.

If you are looking for scooters that fit the bill we
recommend you check out our Plane
Safe Mobility Scooter Range
. Built specifically for the ease of travel.

Book Your Flight

The second item on your list should be booking the flights. As with any booking experience it is recommended that you or someone close to you is in charge of all the bookings. Please be sure to inform the travel agency or airline of your mobility scooter as they will be able to assist you with any arrangements or additional bookings that are necessary.

Don’t forget to ask if they need any extra information such
as the specs for your scooter and medical clearance. If you believe that you
will need further assistance at the airport request to hear what they offer. Most
airports provide services such as temporary wheelchair assistance, easier
customs screening and such.

Any questions that you have about traveling with your mobility scooter should be answered with a quick meeting or phone call to your travel agent/airline. If scooter information is required in this process be sure to give us a ring as we are more than happy to assist you with any additional information.

Before the Airport

Now before you head to the airport it is crucial that along
with your passport and keys that you also carry your Material Safety Data Sheet
(MSDS) or a Travel Safety Certificate which specifies the battery make
(something you will receive when purchasing the scooter). It is recommended that you also take a few photos of your
scooter and store them in a safe place in case your possessions are damaged
during the flight. For extra measure and if possible you may also want tape or
cover some parts of your scooter to prevent damage.

In addition, if the airline has asked you to remove the battery, do so. Make sure that the connections are sealed and it is properly stored in a bag or suitcase of its own, or as your airline has instructed. Feel free to ring us or your airline with any questions regarding about this part of the process.

And with that, you’re ready to head off!

At the Airport

Qantas advises that domestic flyers requiring mobility aids are required to check in 60 minutes before departure and international flyers are to be there at least 2 hours before their flight. This is just a precaution as it can take a little while to get everything sorted and organized before your flight.

In most circumstances your scooter will have to be stored in
the holder. They may ask you to remove the battery (if you haven’t already) and
the battery may have to be taken with you aboard as carry on. They will then
assist you with any additional bookings such as wheelchairs and guide you
through to your gate.

After the Airport

After you touch down but before you leave the airport and
embark into the great beyond, make sure to check over your equipment for any
damages. If you spot any be sure to immediately report it to the baggage service
team at the airport.

We offer world-wide support to assist you while overseas. We
sincerely hope that this has aided you in your journey plans. Traveling the
world is a great and wondrous experience! So go forth and spread your wings! Then
come back and tell us all about your extraordinary adventures. With hundreds of
Out and About Healthcare customers flying annually, we hope you feel confident
to travel the world.

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