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    Has anyone had to be carried on an Airplane?

    Flying to Vegas and the first Plane is small and they told me someone would have to carry me from my wheelchair to my seat. Is this normal? The next plane is larger & they have the chair to transfer me.

    This will be my first time to fly since my injury, so I’m a little nervous about all this.

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    Cisco had to do this a few times and it was no problem. Just be in controll because they all hurry and think they can just grab you. You tell them what to do and make them do it on your time.One time they pinched a nurve under his arm carrying him and his arms were paralyzed for 2 weeks.

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    I had to be carried twice in China.

    Before they do it, decide on a plan and make sure everyone is aware.
    Its all about communication.

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    From my experience, being carried can be better than those %!#* boarding chairs. Just be sure the people look strong enough and listen to you. When I started flying back in the 1950s, carry-on was the only way, even for the bigger planes. Narrow steps can be tricky. Make sure the carriers have a plan.

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    I expect this in developing countries but not in America. I would check FAA and ADA regulations, but I'm pretty sure they have to provide a straightback/aisle/boarding chair to get you on the plane.
    I have traveled on very small planes in and out of this country. Sometimes I've been carried on and sometimes they bring a hydraulic lift. But I'm always in some sort of chair until I transfer to the seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian View Post
    I expect this in developing countries but not in America. I would check FAA and ADA regulations, but I'm pretty sure they have to provide a straightback/aisle/boarding chair to get you on the plane.
    I have traveled on very small planes in and out of this country. Sometimes I've been carried on and sometimes they bring a hydraulic lift. But I'm always in some sort of chair until I transfer to the seat.
    Any airport with small passenger planes ... less than 30-40 passengers is a carry on whether you are in America, Rio or Warsaw.

    Sorry but even in the developed world if you don't like to be carried on your options are to take the car to next largest airport where they have boarding ramps or jetways for 80+ passenger jets or take the bus! Sorry but small planes can be difficult but do-able!

    Many of us have been doing this for 20 years and tremendous progress has been made and while it would be nice small and middle america requires planning and thought if you intend to get there by air.

    These types of aircraft are all over the world and require a carry on boarding ... many other makes in addition to Embraer. These types of planes great planes to fly in just difficult to board and de-plane from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian View Post
    I expect this in developing countries but not in America. I would check FAA and ADA regulations, but I'm pretty sure they have to provide a straightback/aisle/boarding chair to get you on the plane.
    I have traveled on very small planes in and out of this country. Sometimes I've been carried on and sometimes they bring a hydraulic lift. But I'm always in some sort of chair until I transfer to the seat.
    actually, it's the Air Carrier Access Act, and no, aisle chairs are not required on small planes, nor can they even be used on some. they can also refuse to carry you on (imagine a large person here).

    http://www.swdbtac.org/html/topical/...aftaccess.html

    http://www.disabilitytravel.com/airl...ct_details.htm

    how small of a plane have you been on?
    Last edited by cass; 09-23-2009 at 10:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cass View Post
    actually, it's the Air Carrier Access Act, and no, aisle chairs are not required on small planes, nor can they even be used on some. they can also refuse to carry you on (imagine a large person here).

    how small of a plane have you been on?
    Huh... I've been on very small jets and prop planes both here and in the carribbean. I've never had to be carried on by hand without some sort of chair. Guess that's just my luck.

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    brian, just wondering, 30 pax or more? sounds like you have been fortunate. i'm glad do you know the smallest type a/p you've been on w/aisle chr? professional curiosity on my part.

    and, i bet ppl here would like to hear what airlines accommodated you. be really helpful.

    since you mentioned carib, if you're talking tourist flights, well, that's totally diff (like private companies from cruises or whatever).

    i'm also curious about the "hydraulic lift." was this in the u.s., by whom and are you referring to the food/supply lift?

    btw, sissy, you'll be fine. yrs ago they balked at helping ppl from transferring to/from aisle chrs to carrying ppl. i remember flying to aussie in 1995. even then had some bathroom issues. i started flying (paralyzed) in 1987. your trip should be fun and trouble free. we've come a long way. where you staying? mirage is great. used to know manager there but dunno if still there.
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    i was in a 6 seat plane from lk powell to moab and a 20 seat plane from denver to i forget where in colorado no big deal just told them how

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