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The Ups & Downs of Flying with a Wheelchair

6 Tips for Traveling

My family had rarely traveled before my daughter Beth’s C6-7 spinal cord injury. From our small hometown in Ohio, she had been on a plane once, to Orlando, Florida. Beth was a fourteen-year-old inpatient in rehab during the summer of 2000. She ordered a manual instead of a power wheelchair, even though she could hardly push one. With no thoughts of travel, she had no way of knowing that her new chair would simplify the many flights in her future.

TIP #1: Fly with a manual wheelchair instead of a power chair, if at all possible. Power chairs are more vulnerable to significant damage, an