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    Thanks for all the input. My wife's friend works for SW and has been telling her this for a couple of years. I never bothered to check because I don't travel much, but I'd like to, and I live closer to a SW terminal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnc1 View Post
    Thanks for all the input. My wife's friend works for SW and has been telling her this for a couple of years. I never bothered to check because I don't travel much, but I'd like to, and I live closer to a SW terminal.

    If you need any help feel free to message me more then willing to walk you though it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mize View Post
    Monthly sounds brutal. I traveled extensively pre-injury and eve that was a real pain in the butt.
    Some pleasure some work but overall its not bad meet lots of nice people and get use to airport food!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moongazr View Post
    Southwest totally rocks! I used them 9 times last year and never had any problems. My wheelchair has always come thru with no extra scratches and was always right there when I came off the plane.
    Do you use a power wheelchair when flying? I just flew SW and was still afraid to bring a power wc, even though I heard they treat them better now. It would be nice if I could use my power wc and not have it damaged. But they have to remove the batteries, and a different crew re-installs them at the destination, and I'm not even sure how to remove them (I'd have to teach myself first, so I can tell them). If you brought a power wc 9 times and never had it damaged, I think I'd be willing to take a chance.

    Another plug for SW... They just gave me a $525 credit (my ticket plus $300) for giving up my seat (needed for extra crew) and taking a later flight. I appreciated that they treated me like any other passenger (letting me volunteer my seat) even though I need extra help.

    Passengers needing assistance always board first (called "pre-boarding" on SW). They boarded me first and put me in the bulkhead on one leg of the flight, but not the other. I never asked for a specific seat, but I think they would certainly have let me choose, since it's the policy for all passengers. Another advantage with the bulkhead (at least on a Boeing 737) is that my manual wc fits, and they only have to do one transfer (no aisle chair needed).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dnvrdave View Post
    Do you use a power wheelchair when flying? I just flew SW and was still afraid to bring a power wc, even though I heard they treat them better now. It would be nice if I could use my power wc and not have it damaged. But they have to remove the batteries, and a different crew re-installs them at the destination, and I'm not even sure how to remove them (I'd have to teach myself first, so I can tell them). If you brought a power wc 9 times and never had it damaged, I think I'd be willing to take a chance.

    Another plug for SW... They just gave me a $525 credit (my ticket plus $300) for giving up my seat (needed for extra crew) and taking a later flight. I appreciated that they treated me like any other passenger (letting me volunteer my seat) even though I need extra help.

    Passengers needing assistance always board first (called "pre-boarding" on SW). They boarded me first and put me in the bulkhead on one leg of the flight, but not the other. I never asked for a specific seat, but I think they would certainly have let me choose, since it's the policy for all passengers. Another advantage with the bulkhead (at least on a Boeing 737) is that my manual wc fits, and they only have to do one transfer (no aisle chair needed).
    Batteries removed...I don't think this happens vary often anymore.

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