Old Mar 6, 14, 10:42 pm
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As one who has needed a wheelchair, but can hobble onto/off the aircraft, I sympathize with the OP. It should not be an airline's (or any commenters' here) decision as to which medical assistance device a passenger needs. If I (or the OP) arrive with a wheelchair, the assumption should be it is needed. And, not everybody using a wheelchair is orthopedic; there are other conditions.

A litle OT, but recently I was told at check-in I could not carry my usual cane (a great little thing called a "Hurry-cane") on the aircraft because it "could be used as a weapon". This was not from TSA, but the airline. Luckily, I had a plain-jane folding cane that I used in place of the one with a flexible spring in it (which I checked).
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