Flying can be an incredibly stressful experience at the best of times, but it’s even more stressful if you’re flying with reduced mobility. It can cause all sorts of planning and may lead to flight delays.
That being said, those with reduced mobility still have the same right to fly and in this article we’ll provide a guide to flying with reduced mobility and reiserecht flugverspätung.
Right to fly
Many people with reduced mobility assume that they can’t fly via air travel because of their disability. However, under EU laws, you can’t be denied boarding because of your disability and an airline has to be able to provide you with travel arrangements.
That being said, if the plane is physically too small to accommodate you or there are serious security concerns, the airport can deny you access to an aircraft.
With that in mind, the best way to fly with reduced mobility is to be prepared. The best advice here is to get in touch with the airline or trip provider and speak with them regarding your reduced mobility, at least 48 hours before the flight. Many airlines will have steps in place to help you at the airport, but it’s best to prepared so you receive the best assistance possible.
Making the airline aware of your disability and need for extra assistance means they can have the plans in place, making the process more streamlined and easy for you.
Contrary to the belief of some, the airline isn’t obliged to provide you with assistance once the flight is in the air and if you’re going to need help eating or with medication, they may request that you have somebody fly with you for this.
On shorter flights, airline staff may be happy to help you with some things, but it’s worth remembering that they won’t be on hands for your needs only.
In conclusion, flying with reduced mobility is completely possible and your disability shouldn’t put you off doing so. However, it is worth taking the time to prepare and make sure your experience goes as smoothly as possible.