Do to an unfortunate and somewhat embarrassing event last weekend I am confined to crutches for at least three weeks. This is the first time that I have ever had to fly with crutches and I'm wondering whats the deal? Will security give me any trouble? I assume this means no exit rows ? Anything I should be know?
Unfortunately you arecorrect.. no exit row, but make sure you let the
airline know ahead of time. they may aven give you a bulkhead seat.
Generaly its not a big issue. You should be able to travel with your crutches.
And if you like, request a wheel chair. It will breeze you through the security
and if applicable.. Immigration and customs.
From past experience with a family member, we always requested wheel chair assistance at the airport (SFO, JFK, BOS). It helped a great deal esp with security. I accompanied the family member till the gate with a gate pass from United obtained when checking-in.
on board, they typically gave her a bulkhead seat. never an exit (obviously). she always boarded first (this was before sfo instituted the red carpet etc.). one fa usually accompanied her on board and helped stow the crutches in the FC cabin (usually the coat cabinet).
this was ua about 12-16 months ago. i dont' know how things have changed since then.
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Yeah I have seen this happen.... they do reserve a seat for disabled passengers so if you call up and tell them you'll need that seat they can put you in it. For example on the A319/320 I see they now block 6D/E for this purpose.
Hope you get well soon. I had knee surgery last year and those things become a pain. I never travelled with them. I cant imagine walking a long crowded terminal with them. I would go with the wheelchair. I hear IAD is very bad for getting chairs to the plane on a timely basis. The last flight I was on we waited over 30 minutes for a wheelchair person to be deplanned.
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......I would go with the wheelchair. I hear IAD is very bad for getting chairs to the plane on a timely basis. The last flight I was on we waited over 30 minutes for a wheelchair person to be deplanned.
I have had to wait at other airports as well. I didn't notice IAD being worse than others.