Question: My mother will be flying soon and will need a wheelchair - not only to get to the boarding ramp, but to be wheeled to her seat in the plane as well. We realize wheelchairs are provided for those who need assistance on the ramp, but what about in the plane itself? She does not have her own wheelchair and gets around the house with the assistance of a cane.
Answer: Most airlines should be able to help you out with your mother's boarding needs. However, your mother doesn't have her own wheelchair, so make sure you or your travel agent gets hold of the airline directly to explain your situation. Airport regulations, wheelchair travel tips and wheelchair user's rights can be found on The Wheelchair Site's FAQ page under the question 'Can you suggest air travel tips for wheelchair users?' along with the article Airport Security: Know Your Rights - under our Wheelchair News section.