Tips for Flying with a Manual Wheelchair – Wheelchair Travel

Can I store my manual wheelchair on the airplane?

The Air Carrier Access Act mandates that airlines provide a place to store a collapsible, folding or break-down manual wheelchair in the aircraft cabin. All airplanes with 100 seats or more must have a wheelchair closet measuring at least 13 inches by 36 inches by 42 inches.

Wheelchair storage closet on Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Wheelchairs and other assistive devices are to be stowed in the designated wheelchair storage closet with priority over all other items brought by passengers or crew, including crew luggage.

Airlines may not request or suggest that a passenger with a disability not stow his or her wheelchair in the designated space for any non-safety related reason. If the crew have already placed their baggage in the onboard closet, it must be removed in favor of an assistive device belonging to a passenger with a disability.

If there are multiple passengers with disabilities traveling on a flight, access to the wheelchair storage closet is provided on a first come, first serve basis.

What if my manual wheelchair will not fit in the airplane closet?

If your manual wheelchair has a rigid frame and will not fit inside the onboard wheelchair closet, the wheelchair [...]

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