In recent months, there have been a number of high-profile cases of airlines damaging wheelchairs. In one case, a wheelchair was reportedly broken in half after being mishandled by an airline. In another case, a wheelchair was damaged so badly that it was unusable.
These incidents are a reminder of the challenges that people with disabilities face when traveling. Wheelchairs are often seen as baggage, and they are often treated with little care. As a result, they are frequently damaged or lost.
This is a serious problem, as wheelchairs are essential for people with disabilities to live independently. When a wheelchair is damaged or lost, it can be a major inconvenience and even a safety hazard.
Airlines need to do more to protect wheelchairs. They should provide more training to their employees on how to handle wheelchairs properly. They should also invest in better equipment to protect wheelchairs from damage.
In addition, airlines should be more responsive to complaints about wheelchair damage. They should work with customers to replace or repair damaged wheelchairs as soon as possible.
By taking these steps, airlines can help to ensure that people with disabilities have a safe and enjoyable travel experience.
Here are some tips for protecting your wheelchair when flying:
- Use a sturdy travel bag. A sturdy travel bag will help to protect your wheelchair from damage.
- Pack your wheelchair with plenty of padding. Use bubble wrap or packing peanuts to protect your wheelchair from bumps and bruises.
- Label your wheelchair. Make sure that your wheelchair is labeled with your name and contact information. This will help to ensure that it is returned to you if it is lost or damaged.
- Check in your wheelchair early. This will give the airline staff more time to handle your wheelchair and less likely to damage it.
- Ask for assistance. If you need help loading or unloading your wheelchair, ask an airline employee for assistance.
- Follow up. If your wheelchair is damaged, be sure to follow up with the airline to get it repaired or replaced.