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    Hello everyone,

    I'm going to be traveling to Europe soon and need some advise.

    Beside bringing along two pieces of luggage, I need to travel with bunch of
    other stuff, such as: patient lift, portable ramp, electric
    chair and a back up manual chair.
    I've heard some airlines don't charge for the extra stuff, I know my
    elect. chair goes in free, however I have a feeling they're going to charge
    me for the rest....
    Do you guys know what the government's "Nondiscrimination on the Basis
    of Disability in Air Travel" dictates about carrying the assistive divices?

    thank you in advance

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    Senior Member Clipper's Avatar
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    Medical items are not considered extra under the Air Carrier Access Act.

    But be sure that you will actually need these items on your trip. Two chairs, a lift and a ramp sounds like a lot to me.

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    I've never paid 4 medical devices... but I'm in Canada. Thats a lot of Stuff!

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    Senior Member KLD's Avatar
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    Medical/supplies and equipment

    We travel all the time with two chairs, a raised toilet seat, manual lift and extra bags with catheters and bed pads. Even on international flights we never get charged extra as long as they are clearly marked "disability equipment" or "medical supplies". We do make sure to mark in the language of the countries we are visiting.

    You can both check extra and carry-on extra. We never check meds or catheters, etc. as we would be in a major fix if these got lost. This results in usually 4 carry-ons, depending on the length of the trip.

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    thank you

    Thank you for all of your replies. I spoke to Delta and they're not going to charge me for my assistive devices.

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    Senior Member KLD's Avatar
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    Advice for flying (from NM site)

    Tips for Summer Travelers
    Security Screening Advice for Passengers with Disabilities

    These tips are provided to help travelers with disabilities through the
    security screening process. These tips are not all-inclusive and are simply
    meant to provide recommendations and advice to passengers. These tips will
    be updated from time-to-time to reflect changes that occur in the screening process at airport security checkpoints.

    For additional information, travelers can also go to:

    * Remember, you can always ask for and receive a private screening.
    * Make sure medications are properly labeled (professionally printed
    label identifying the medication or a manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label)
    * It is recommended that you notify your airline in advance if you
    have special needs or need assistance at the airport.
    * It is recommended that you notify your airline if you need an
    airline representative to accompany/help you to your gate.
    * It is recommended that you check with your airline on the procedure
    for getting a pass/authorization for your companion/assistant to accompany
    you through the security checkpoint and to your gate.
    * The limit of one carry-on bag and one personal item (e.g. purse or
    briefcase) for each traveler does not apply to passengers with disabilities
    medical supplies, equipment, mobility aids, or assistive devices.
    * Mobility aids and assistive devices permitted through the security
    checkpoints include: canes, walkers, crutches, prosthetic devices, body
    braces, wheelchairs, scooters, augmentation devices, braille note takers,
    slate and stylus, service animals, and diabetes related equipment/supplies
    as specified below.

    * As you proceed through the security checkpoint, don't hesitate to
    ask screeners for assistance with your mobility aid and carry-on items.
    * It will expedite the screening process if you let the screener know
    your level of ability (e.g. whether you can walk, stand, or perform an arm
    * Inform screeners of any special equipment or devices that you are
    using and where this equipment is located on your body. This will help the
    screener to be careful of that equipment if a physical search is necessary.
    * Let screeners know if you cannot remove your shoes when additional screening is necessary.
    * If you can remove your shoes, ask screeners for assistance if needed.
    * To expedite the process, ensure all bags and satchels hanging from,
    carried under or on your equipment are put on the x-ray belt for inspection.
    * Ask the screener to reunite you with your carry-on items and assistive device once x-ray inspection is completed.

    * If the screening process is unclear to you, ask the screener to write the information down, or look directly at you and repeat the information slowly.

    * Ask the screener to
    o explain the security procedures;
    o describe what will happen next;
    o let you know where the metal detector is located;
    o when you will be going through the metal detector;
    o let you know when there are obstacles you need to
    * Let the screener know when you need someone to escort you through
    the screening process.
    * Notify screener if x-ray inspection (i.e., braille note takers) will
    harm the equipment you may be using. Ask for your device to be visually and
    physically inspected instead of x-ray inspection.
    * Ask the screener to reunite you with your carry-on items and
    assistive device once x-ray or physical inspection is completed.
    * Ask the screener to reunite you with your computer or electronic
    items that required additional screening.
    * Ask the screener to verbally direct you toward your gate once the
    screening process has been completed.

    * There is no documentation required to take your service animal through the security screening checkpoint.
    * The service animal/guide dog and its belongings will require a
    physical inspection (i.e., whether they walk through the metal detector
    together or the animal walks in front or behind the user with the user
    continually maintaining control of the animal with the leash,
    harness/halter, etc.)
    * Advise the screener on how to best screen your service animal or
    guide dog.
    * This inspection includes: the animal and it's belongings (collar,
    harness, leash, backpack, vest, etc.).
    * Ask the screener to not take off the animals' belongings during this
    inception since this is a sign to the animal that they are off work.
    * Service animals/guide dogs should not be separated from their owner.

    * Passengers with a hidden disability can, if they chose, advise
    screeners that they have a hidden disability and may need some assistance or
    need to move a little slower than others.
    * Family members or traveling companions can also advise screeners
    when they're traveling with someone who has a hidden disability, which may
    cause that person to move a little slower, become agitated easily, and/or
    need additional attention.
    * Notify screeners if you have special equipment that cannot go
    through the x-ray machine. Request a physical/visual inspection of your
    equipment instead of x-ray inspection.
    * Notify screeners if you need to sit down before the screening
    process is completed.

    Persons With Diabetes
    * Notify the screener that you have diabetes and are
    carrying your supplies with you.
    * Make sure insulin (vials or outer box of individual
    doses), jet injectors, pens, infusers, and preloaded syringes are marked
    properly (professionally printed label identifying the medication or
    manufacturer's name or pharmaceutical label)
    * There is no limitation on the number of empty
    syringes that you will be allowed to carry through the security checkpoint;
    however you must have insulin with you in order to carry empty syringes
    through the checkpoint.
    * Lancets, blood glucose meters, blood glucose test
    strips can be carried through the security checkpoint.
    * Notify screeners if you're wearing an insulin pump
    and ask if they will visually inspect the pump since it cannot be removed
    from your person.
    * Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by
    insulin with professionally printed labels described above.
    * If possible, advise screeners when/if you are
    experiencing low blood sugar and are in need of medical assistance.

    Persons With Pacemakers
    * It is recommended that individuals with a pacemaker
    carry a Pacemaker Identification Card (ID) when going through airport
    * A Pacemaker ID card is typically issued by your
    doctor or hospital where you received your implant.
    * This ID card may be helpful when you are trying to
    clear airport security.
    * Advise the screener that you have an implanted
    pacemaker, show the screener your pacemaker ID, if you have one, and ask the
    screener to conduct a pat-down inspection of you rather than you walking
    through the metal detector or being hand-wanded.

    * Notify screener if x-ray inspection will harm your equipment. Ask
    for your device to be visually and physically inspected instead of x-ray
    * You can ask for a private screening for the visual and physical
    inspection of your prosthetic device and/or body braces.
    * Crutches, canes, and walkers will need to go through the x-ray
    * If equipment cannot fit through the x-ray, then the screener will
    perform a visual and physical inspection of your equipment.
    * Collapse canes whenever possible before they are put on the x-ray
    * Ask for assistance with your device(s) if needed.
    * You should not be asked to remove your prosthetic device or body
    brace for it to undergo x-ray inspection. Prosthetic devices and body
    braces should be visually and physically inspected once you have walked
    through the metal detector.
    * Screeners will need to see and touch prosthetic devices and body
    braces as part of the physical and visual inspection.

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