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    what if the airline breaks your power wheelchair?

    What do you do if you fly & arrive at your destination & you're power wheelchair is completely non-functional? I've flown once & everything went fine, but this is a big fear. I'm curious about the resolution process with the airline, but I'm more curious if others have found any way to get a functional power chair for use on their trip.

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    I'm flying to Sarasota

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    I have experienced it myself. Couple of year’s back I was flying back from India. My power wheelchair could fold. Though I had gate checked my wheelchair, I was told I will receive my chair at the baggage claim. When I reached there, my wheelchair was damaged non usable. I asked airlines for a replacement chair which I can use while my chair is being fixed. After spending couple of hours at airport, the airlines gave me a manual wheelchair which was heavy to use and hard to wheel but I had no choice. The airlines also paid the cost of repairing. It left me bad taste in mouth

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    yep I figured it was still the same, you get there... it's broken... you're stuck

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