What to consider when flying with an electric wheelchair
Dreaming of faraway countries and foreign cultures? But the idea of flying with an electric wheelchair in your luggage makes you nervous? We asked the community and put together a few tips that make travel easier.
When flying, preparation is everything
When travelling by air with an electric wheelchair, be sure to notify the airline beforehand. This ensures that the necessary support is provided and that everything goes smoothly at check-in. The transport by air of the electric wheelchair, in particular its batteries, requires airline approval. Electric wheelchairs are always transported in the cargo hold of the aircraft, so they must be checked in. Furthermore, the regulations vary depending on the airline. These should always be ascertained before travelling. Here is an overview of the transport regulations for wheelchair batteries at Lufthansa.
Preparing your electric wheelchair for transport by plane
As electric wheelchairs are transported in the cargo hold, it is advisable to dismantle moving parts such as the steering console or to protect them from damage during transport with protective foam. It is also recommendable to tape down loose cables and fold down the backrest if possible.
Also, if possible, it is usually a good idea to explain to the ground crew how to push the wheelchair in manual mode.
Most important tips at a glance
- Read the wheelchair user manual, it should contain all the relevant information.
- Make sure to switch off the wheelchair completely (main switch) and protect it from being switched on again.
- Transport easily dismantlable parts separately in a protected container (e.g. interface console, special controls or similar).
- Take photos of the wheelchair before checking it in, so any damage is verifiable.
Flying with Scewo BRO
Our Scewo BRO power wheelchair is approved for transport as luggage on aircraft. The lithium-ion battery is a fixed component and must not be removed. For transport, use the parking mode and switch off your BRO completely using the main switch. We also recommend that you tape down the main switch and any loose cables. And we recommend that you bring a small trolley with you, so that the wheelchair can be easily moved by the ground crew. To ensure that everything goes smoothly, we recommend that you contact the airline before your trip with an electric wheelchair and find out the exact procedure.
More information about flying with BRO can be found in the user manual.
Here you will find an overview of all the information you need for your flight with Scewo BRO.