Posted November 22nd, 2010, 03:57 PM
Hi, I was hoping someone would be able to help me with this. When I travel I use a wheelchair. I have a lot of trouble walking long distances. I have flown many times with my wheelchair, no problems there we know what to do. My problem is this!!!!! This trip I now have to travel with a walker instead of a cane. I am not sure how I should do this. Will the airline let me bring the walker on the plane? Will security let me bring it through with me? Should I some how put the walker in my luggage? I'm not sure I can even do that. I don't think it's going to fit. Should I some how check the walker with our luggage? Will they let me do that? Will they charge me for it? Please help I don't know what I should do.
First, RELAX! Your walker is part of "you". Use it! Yes, the walker will go on the plane with you (presumably it folds?) They'll stow it in the closet.
You DON"T need to put it in your luggage. If you don't need it (but then, why do you have it?) you can check it as luggage, but I'd worry that it would get damaged. I would simply use it.
No, they won't charge you for it.
Here is what you should do: Show up at the airport, using the walker. Ask for wheelchair assistance through security and to my gate. They'll put you in the chair, and carry your walker alongside you (or if you're traveling with a companion, he can carry the walker). When you get to security, they'll put your walker through the security screening with your shoes and carry-on. Then you'll proceed to the gate. You get to your gate, and ask for early seating. Once you're seated, they'll fold up your walker, stow it somewhere in the passenger section of the plane, and have it ready for you when you get off. This is not a big deal, and actually a bit easier than traveling with a manual chair or scooter.
Have a great trip!
I've cruised on Princess, Carnival, HAL,
NCL, Hurtigruten and a couple of even smaller lines in the past. HAL is (for now) my favorite!