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Old 11-10-2009, 07:17 PM
 
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My Mom is flying in for the holidays and she uses a cane and/or walker. We always request assistance for her from the airline when she flies by herself, still, I'd like to have her fly into the most accessible airport so that her transfer to & from the plane will be easy. Dulles is closer to us, but I think the people mover & long walk to baggage might be to much for her. I've only flown out of DCA twice, and really can't remember the layout. I'm thinking everything is in the same terminal, and it's just a matter of walking from security to your gate, which is closer than it would be at Dulles. Also, do they still allow a family member to meet their party at the gate under special circumstances? TIA!
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Loudoun County, VA
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I'd pick DCA over IAD. At Dulles, depending on which airline you end up flying, it could take you a very long time to get to your gate. And I don't believe the train system is up and running yet? The one time I've been at DCA, the airport seemed to be much easier to navigate. Hope this helps!!

Edit: They probably won't let you go to the gate, unless you're there to escort an unaccompanied minor. It has nothing to do with the airline but the security.

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Old 11-10-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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My Mom is flying in for the holidays and she uses a cane and/or walker. We always request assistance for her from the airline when she flies by herself, still, I'd like to have her fly into the most accessible airport so that her transfer to & from the plane will be easy. Dulles is closer to us, but I think the people mover & long walk to baggage might be to much for her. I've only flown out of DCA twice, and really can't remember the layout. I'm thinking everything is in the same terminal, and it's just a matter of walking from security to your gate, which is closer than it would be at Dulles. Also, do they still allow a family member to meet their party at the gate under special circumstances? TIA!
The absolute shortest/easiest plane-to-curb is Terminal A at DCA. Those airlines are AirTran, Midwest, and Northwest. There are no stairs/escalators for her to navigate, and if you can't get a gate pass, gets you the closest to the gates.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:35 PM
 
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Thanks for your replies - I was thinking DCA might be easier. She's flying AA, so I'll have to look & see what terminal they're located. I'll call the airport & see if I'm allowed to meet her at the gate. I know one family member is allowed to meet a passenger needing assistance at the gate at DFW - hopefully, I'll be able to do the same at DCA. Thanks again!
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I haven't flown in a long time, but when I did fly out of Dulles w/my foot in a cast, crutches, etc. - they STUNK at being any help whatsover.
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:18 AM
 
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They all have help for those with mobility issues. IAD is just as good as DCA. All you have to do is request it. I have mobility issues and have used both. I'd say that the only knock on IAD is the people movers. In a few months there will be a train insted of them though.
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