Bringing Your Mobility Scooter on a Flight: What You Need to Know.
Updated: Sep 27
September 7, 2023
Travelling with your mobility scooter opens the door to freedom and adventure, allowing you to explore new destinations with ease. However, navigating the regulations associated with bringing your mobility scooter on a flight can be a complex task.
In this guide, we'll share some essential tips to help you make the most of your travels while ensuring the safety and security of your mobility scooter.
Regulations for flying with a mobility scooter in Australia & Planning Ahead.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) conduct the safety regulations of civil air operations in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas. Your selected airline may also have its own specific guidelines and recommendations for passenger safety and transportation of luggage, goods and materials on top of the CASA regulations.
● Do your research on the standard guidelines for travelling with mobility scooters and familiarise yourself with aviation safety regulations.
● Book your flight in advance.
● Inform the airline about your use of a mobility scooter. We also suggest that you let them know about your scooter’s dimensions and other specifications.
Your Scooter will likely need to be checked in.
Unless your scooter can be collapsed and utilises lithium-ion batteries, such as the Quest Folding Scooter, you will need to check in your mobility device so that baggage handlers can securely place it in the aircraft's cargo hold. Your selected airline will guide you through their safety requirements, ensuring a hassle-free travel experience.
You’ll likely need to take detachable parts into the Cabin.
If your scooter has removable components like cushions or a phone holder, be ready to remove them and carry them into the cabin. As part of your planning ahead process, discuss this with your airline provider and have a carry-on bag that can store your flight items and also accommodate your detachable Mobility Scooter accessories.
Potential Airline Staff may have to disassemble your Scooter.
In the event your Mobility Scooter cannot fit through the baggage hold door, the airline crew will have to disassemble it as necessary. The Pride Mobility Revo 2.0 or Go Go series feather-touch disassembly feature makes the process quick and effortless, ensuring easy and efficient storage. So, both are perfect models for those looking to travel.
If you are travelling with another Pride Mobility model, to help ensure all components are safely returned, it is essential to provide clear disassembly instructions. You will be able to help in this situation by providing the Airline with the information in the Owner’s Manual that came with your purchase of your Mobility Scooter. If you no longer have or are unsure what section is relevant, contact your local Pride Mobility Stockist. You can search for a Pride Mobility Stockist here.
Successful air travel with your mobility scooter is achievable through clear communication with your airline and a good grasp of your scooter's components. By preparing and following regulations, your scooter can join your adventures, enhancing your travel and providing newfound freedoms.
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