APFM Staff Answers
Apr 23, 2015 - 09:22 AM
I've had quite a bit of experience with flying with the elderly. Every time I've done it, the airport has had special helpers who picked up my mother-in-law in an airline wheelchair before she even went through security. They escorted her directly to the place and stayed with her until she was delivered safely to her seat. When she lands on the other side, the same thing happens. She feels like a queen every time, as they're so kind and patient with her.
You can check walkers and wheelchairs so that she's easily transferred to and from her specially made wheelchair when she departs and arrives. The big reason the airlines do this is because most wheelchairs will not make it down the narrow aisle of the airplane and they have special wheelchairs that will fit.
If she really needs her wheelchair for something specific, I'd certainly clear it with the specific carrier(s) before the flight. Proper planning is always better than asking for forgiveness, in this situation.