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Old 08-15-2017, 02:32 PM
 
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the times that we have used wheelchairs the valet pulled the luggage behind him.
Or the passenger has held the luggage and wheeled along side, just as if they were walking.

In short, there's never been a lack of options for transporting the carryons with the passenger. If they couldn't transpo the luggage, they wouldn't transpo the passenger, since they aren't allowed to leave bags unattended.
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I Not everybody in a wheelchair in the airport looks like a "People of Walmart" photo.
Though a few of the Southwest flight I've been on.... but that's more of a Southwest thing.

In some of the big hub airports, they also use electric golf carts to move passengers from gate to gate, which have plenty of room for luggage.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:20 PM
 
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Though a few of the Southwest flight I've been on.... but that's more of a Southwest thing.

In some of the big hub airports, they also use electric golf carts to move passengers from gate to gate, which have plenty of room for luggage.
From gate to gate, but not through security or onto the plane. The golf carts make sense for people with trouble walking, but it sounds like OP is basically immobile. I still don't understand how he/she gets around without a wheelchair though if the condition is as extreme as it sounds, unless the OP is literally bedridden.
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Old 08-15-2017, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Usually, a flight will pre-board anyone with small children "or needing extra time". Sounds like your disability would certainly qualify you for that.

Hint: Use the dang wheelchair. No one gives a flip why you're in a chair, and most people don't even glance at your twice. Depending on the airport, you will usually get preferred treatment and get whisked to the front of the TSA line, or at least in a line with other wheelchairs that gets processed fairly efficiently. If you can walk at all, you will walk through the body scanner. Otherwise, you will be pushed through and be scanned by hand with a wand.

Then, you will have to make your way to the gate. Again, depending on the airport, that could just be a few minutes, or, like Atlanta, you could be unlucky enough to have ti go from TSA to gate E-36 -- and that's about a mile. You can walk, take a shuttle train from TSA to the concourse, (standing all the way), then go ALLLL the way to the end of the concourse or you can go in comfort in a wheelchair. Going the traditional way (train, walk to gate) will take about 15 minutes.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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She looked annoyed and asked, "Does she really need a chair?" I was getting a little ticked off and mom needed to get to the bathroom pretty quickly by then. The desk agent called someone and said, "Someone will be here soon" and walked off. We waited for several minutes. Nobody showed. I happened to see an empty chair in the next waiting area and loaded my mom into it. The desk agent returned and said, "You aren't allowed to push the chair." I said, "Watch me...." and pushed mom off to the bathroom. Eventually, a guy did show up and pushed us to the baggage area.
Personally, I NEVER allow the airport wheelchair attendants to deal with my mom when she travels to and from visits with me. Granted, Atlanta is far bigger than most, but I have never had a problem finding a wheelchair when I needed one, taking my mom to the "special services" counter for the airline, obtaining a gate pass for myself, and then taking her through TSA and to the gate on my own. And when meeting her, I always manage to find a wheelchair and have it ready when she gets off the plane. I have never, in years, had ANYONE tell me that "I'm not allowed to push the chair". We had one snafu, during a bad storm that caused delays, where her flight was sent to another gate on another concourse. I had the gate agent call the other gate and got a confirmation that they would hold her there (it was about 10 minutes away) until I arrived, but when I got there, no one appeared to have any idea of what I was talking about, and my mother was gone. We did eventually meet up, quite by accident, which was a miracle, considering the size of the Atlanta airport. Another time, in her hometown, she was wheeled by an attendant to the gate, and parked RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE GATE. Everyone was loading, etc., except her. Finally, she was the only one left in the gate area. The captain came out with a question, saw her, and asked her name, checked the passenger manifest, and then turned to the gate agent and said, "Why was Mrs. W. not loaded during pre-boarding?" No real response, and the captain ended up escorting her to down the jetway himself and decided that it would be easier for her if she was in first class. She enjoyed that flight. :-)
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Do they use a different kind of wheelchair now or something? I have seen pictures of people being pushed by airport staff in wheelchairs and it looked like a regular wheelchair without any place to put luggage. I need to know if I decide to use a wheelchair what happens to my luggage and how I get it on the plane. I plan to bring carry on luggage and not check anything.
Most of the ones I am familiar with have a space under the seat, between the wheels, where even a full-size suitcase can be stowed for transport. A full-size suitcase would be checked, anyway, so you wouldn't have to worry about it. A small bag that would fit overhead could easily fit on your lap for the short ride. The attendant would assist you with your luggage.

Make arrangements for a wheelchair when you make your reservation. That way, you are seen as someone who validly needs a wheelchair, instead of someone using a wheelchair to "game" the system by getting to the front of the TSA line when it's crowded, etc. More and more people are requesting wheelchair service because of this -- airlines estimate that over 20% of users do not have a disability, but just want to butt to the front of the line. They go through security, then leap out of the chair, grab their bag, and scurry down to the gate. Airlines wryly refer to the as "miracle passengers".

So no, most people using wheelchairs are not elderly passengers who pee all over themselves. Most have some sort of injury or medical ailment (heart, knees, back, hips, etc.) If you're that worried, take a Chlorox wipe and wipe the seat down before you sit in it. You'll look like a loon, but hey, no one will notice, at the airport. :-)

Be sure you tip the attendant. In many areas, they are considered service/tip workers, and don't even make minimum wage.
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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I would like to fly to another city in the US, but have not been on a plane since I was 3. I am have joint problems and it hurts alot for me to stand for more than a minute or 2. I am wondering how long you have to stand or wait in line before they let you on the plane? I don't want to use one of the airport wheelchairs because I am a younger guy and I feel it is demeaning.
You'll have to stand to check in and check in your luggage. Usually there's a wait. You'll have to stand in line at security which can be 3 minutes or an hour. There's no way to know until you get there. You'll also have to walk a considerable amount in the airport. If you have a connection, chances are high that you will need to walk to a different terminal. You may be able to get a handicap golf cart type of ride. You'll need to contact your airline and the airport for that. You will also have to wait in line to board the plane. I've seen lines take 45 minutes. You may be able to early board due to your disability. Or stay seated until the plane is almost full.

ETA: You'll also have to walk to baggage claim. There are sometimes benches to sit on. However, they are frequently filled with people waiting for other people or their luggage. You can be there anywhere from 30-60 minutes.....no joke I've waited an hour for my luggage more than once.

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Old 08-16-2017, 12:25 PM
 
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I have heard about some kind of pass that people can get that allows them to go through TSA faster. Would this be worth getting? How much is it and how do you get it?
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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I have heard about some kind of pass that people can get that allows them to go through TSA faster. Would this be worth getting? How much is it and how do you get it?
That's PreCheck. You pay for it. You still will have do some waiting and go through security. If you travel a lot, it's worth it. For a one time trip, it's not worth it.

https://www.tsa.gov/precheck
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:34 PM
 
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I have heard about some kind of pass that people can get that allows them to go through TSA faster. Would this be worth getting? How much is it and how do you get it?
I have Precheck. Definitely worth it.
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