AIR TRAVEL WITH A MOBILITY SCOOTER
TravelScoot -The Best Travel Mobility Scooter
We all love a good holiday! Whether we are off to visit friends and family, or to discover new experiences and enjoy different cultures, the freedom and excitement travel brings us, makes us keep coming back for more!
When we have a disability and need to carry special aids with us, such as a mobility scooter or a wheelchair, extra preparation with our travel plans are needed to ensure a smooth journey.
The TravelScoot has been designed specifically to be easy to travel with, whether this is by air, road, train or even a cruise ship. The TravelScoot is lightweight, can be folded down within minutes and put into its convenient travel a bag. It comes with a removable lightweight (Li-ion) airline approved battery.
The airline is there to support you within the terminal and on the plane, to help make your journey enjoyable. When traveling with a Mobility Scooter, the main concern airlines have, is with your mobility scooter battery. Making sure you have a good understanding of the details the airline requires prior to travel will remove any possible last minute stress when at the airport.
Below are some handy air travel tips and links for specific airline requirements. We hope these details will help make your holidays with your TravelScoot as seamless as possible
When Traveling by Air with your TravelScoot:
Let the airline (and your travel agent) know, at the time of booking that you intend to travel with a mobility scooter. Most airlines follow similar processes and rules (based on IATA regulations) regarding air travel with your scooter, however, it is important to check the website of the airline for exact procedure.
At least 48 hours before your flight, contact the airline to discuss all the details they would like you to bring with your TravelScoot to the airport, or any forms they would like you to fill out in advance.
Check your travel insurance covers any damage or loss of the TravelScoot.
Many TravelScoot users chose to take a large towel with them to wrap their Travelscoot in prior to putting it in the travel bag to give it a bit of protection/padding when in transit. You will need to put your battery in a separate bag for carry–on luggage, one idea is to wrap the battery in a small towel and carry it in a cloth bag. Alternately you can purchase a TravelScoot TravelSet, which includes a small padded bag that can carry up to 3x TravelScoot Batteries.
Lithium Batteries and Air Travel.
Lithium batteries have become increasingly popular due to their almost ten-fold energy density (power to weight) and superior longevity over lead-acid batteries. However, lithium batteries pose a certain fire risk, which is why transportation rules and “dangerous goods” regulations (mainly for air transport, but also land and sea) have been put in place governing their manufacture and carriage.
The IATA (International Air Transport Association) was the lead agency in this effort.
Excerpt from IATA Mobility Aid Guidance Document:
Mobility aids with removable batteries:
Where a battery-powered wheelchair or mobility aid is loaded on an aircraft, with the batteries removed, it may then be carried as checked baggage without restriction (it must still be secured against movement and protected from damage by the movement of baggage, mail or other cargo).
Limitations and Classification (DGR 2.3.2) Battery-powered wheelchairs and mobility aids are classified in the following 3 categories:
1. Wheelchairs/Mobility Aids with Non-Spillable Wet Batteries or Batteries
2. Wheelchairs/Mobility Aids with Spillable Wet Batteries.
3. Wheelchairs/Mobility Aids with Lithium Batteries ( TravelScoot - Pls note- sticker on TravelScoot battery highlights these details)
The batteries must be of a type which meets the requirements of each test in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, Part III, subsection 38.3. Where the battery is removed by the user, if the mobility aid is specifically designed to allow it to be, following the manufacturer’s instructions, the battery must not exceed 300 Wh, or for a device that is fitted with two batteries required for its operation, each battery must not exceed 160 Wh. If the battery is not removed, there is no limit to the Wh rating for the installed battery(ies) A passenger may carry a maximum of one spare battery not exceeding 300Wh or two spares each not exceeding 160Wh. IATA
Battery Powered Wheelchair and Mobility Aid Guidance Document – 2019
Any battery removed from the mobility aid and any spare batteries must be carried in the passenger cabin. The removed or spare batteries must be protected from damage (e.g. by placing each battery in a protective pouch). Operator Approval (DGR 2.3)
More details can be found
SGS Verfication of Compliance Document (download and print)
Quick links to Airline specific details regarding travel with your TravelScoot