Life with decreased mobility: Planes βœˆοΈ

Before I used to love being on a plane ✈️, but now it just causes me anxiety 😱 Manuverring in small spaces (the always present risk of falling 😱), hauling around luggage 😱, and inflexible departure times 😱, makes flying stressful 😱 But this weekend I’m going to a city I’ve never been before for some close friend’s wedding πŸ‘° πŸ€΅β€β™‚οΈ and old friends will be there too! So I’m excited, yet worried at the same time (my constant state of being πŸ˜‚)

From what I remember from my last plane ✈️ ride:

  • Airlines will check all assistive equipment (I believe it’ll be FREE but don’t quote me πŸ˜‚)
  • Handling may be rough, so things may break
    • See my post: Anxiety with flying ✈️😱 πŸ‘‡πŸ½
  • Try NOT to rush! Give yourself time and peace of mind!

Pandemic precautions:

  • COVID test after
  • Packing lists (so I don’t forget anything πŸ˜‚)

Airport procedure (because I forget πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚)

  • Ticket 🎟 purchasing
    • Make sure to indicate you require more time to board/need assistance (may reserve seats for you πŸ˜‚)
  • Check-in tag 🏷
  • Customer service tag 🏷

This post is related to:

Life with decreased mobility: Road trip πŸš™

Takeaways from πŸ‘†πŸ½

  • ADA regulations for handicap-accessible rooms 🦼
  • Airport plane ✈️ procedure
  • Don’t rush (give yourself time ⏰)
  • Download audiobooks (or any media you want to access) beforehand

Airlines I’ve flown:

Note: This is from MY experience. Intended to share tips πŸ’‘

  1. Southwest 2021
    • (+) Customer service πŸ‘πŸ½ The airline reserves my seats 😁
    • (-) πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ
  2. Jetblue 2018
    • (+) Reserved seating, fast πŸ’¨ through security, no limitations on how much assistive equipment I can check in
    • (-) Broke my seatbelt

Packing tips:

  • Add a hair towel (hotel towels were thick)

These tips and observations were specific to me! I just hope it helps someone!

Something that always worries me 😱 Going to the bathroom 🚽 on a plane ✈️ 😱

It will be tight but if it seems like the plane ✈️ is cruising smoothly and whoever is with feels ok πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ helping you, you should go yo the bathroom 🚽!

People in general are kind 😁 and want to help. There may be those with a need for more education and sensitivity when interracting with a person with decreased mobility, but, bear in mind, they might have more to learn (and no one to teach them).

Published by Listen with Precious

Filipino-American πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Stroke survivor πŸ‘πŸ½ @preciousmoments1128 UC Berkeley alum UNH alum RN @preciousmoments1128 ❀️ HR 🎧 audio listener! πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦½

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