Taking your Lightweight Mobility Scooter on an Aeroplane
In our earlier article, Lightweight Mobility Scooter: Why Invest in One, we said that one of the main benefits of a lightweight scooter is that you can (in most cases) take them on an aeroplane. It's very important to note that all airlines may have different criteria and processes that must be followed.
If you put a search into Google regarding taking your mobility scooter on an aeroplane, you'll find that there is an abundance of conflicting information; so-much-so that it's often hard to know where to begin.
Firstly, and this may be glaringly obvious to some, but in no instances whatsoever will you be able to take a mobility scooter of any kind into the cabin of an aeroplane; it will be stored in the hold along with all the passenger luggage. For this reason, it's important that your scooter is lightweight and portable.
A lightweight and foldable scooter are the main points to take into consideration when travelling with a lightweight mobility scooter.
Why don't I just hire a lightweight scooter at the airport?
Owning a lightweight mobility scooter is just like having your own car. You become familiar with the feel, the deft touch of the controls, seat height and handlebar distance. You might find that the model supplied to you at the airport is unfamiliar or that it hasn't been maintained properly. That's why the option to take your own mobility scooter on a plane is a choice most will make.
On the Ryanair website, it states that you can travel with your own electric wheelchair or mobility scooter but you are required to advise us at least 48 hours in advance of your flight of the make, model, weight and lowest collapsed height of the wheelchair.
The option to do this gives people with limited mobility the confidence to travel to other countries and will provide the freedom to get out-and-about for longer periods of time.
Lightweight models that I can take on an aeroplane
When it comes to lightweight mobility scooters we are very confident that we know our stuff. We're going to provide two excellent choices of lightweight mobility scooter which are foldable and can easily be stored in a car, train, or most importantly on an aeroplane.
The SupaScoota Range
The SupaScoota has been designed with portability in mind. In the range, there are 6 models - Sprite, Shopper, Sprint, Sport, Sport XL and Spartan - each one is designed to accommodate a range of situations.
The SupaScoota range is amongst the lightest portable mobility scooters in the world and can handle a weight capacity of up to 32 stone.
The best news about these lightweight scooters is that they can all be taken on an aeroplane. On the SupaScoota, the seat and battery can be removed; once this is done the handle bars can be folded into the wheelbase which makes it easier for travel.
The SupaScoota range can reach speeds of 4mph and is the only scooter which can be powered by an SLA or Lithium Ion battery. This is a major benefit because some airlines won't allow Lithium Ion batteries; if this happens then you'll be able to switch to an SLA.
The optional spare battery tray will also come in handy; you'll be able to double your distance without charging the battery.
Di Blasi R-30
The Di Blasi R-30 is a fantastic lightweight scooter for someone who wants to travel but finds it difficult to lift even the lightest of scooters. It will automatically fold down to the size of a small suitcase at the press of a button. Once folded, you'll be able to use the integrated handle to pull the Di Blasi wherever you go.
This scooter has a travel distance of up 12 miles and a top speed of 4mph. It has lightweight at the forefront of its design.
As standard, the Di Blasi comes equipped with a lithium Ion Battery the lightest on the market - which only adds to the portability of this scooter. You can be rest assured that when it does come to charging, then there will be no more lifting heavy batteries in and out of the scooter.
What should I do before booking the flight?
It's very important that you do a little bit of research before you book your flight. Always check the specifications of your chosen airline, as normal road-class scooters will be too bulky to take on an aeroplane.
Another thing you must mention to your chosen airline is the type of battery on your lightweight mobility scooter. Although airlines do allow the SLA batteries many have their own rules and regulations around Lithium Ion - so always check this out first to avoid disappointment.
Buying a lightweight mobility scooter that suits your everyday lifestyle is a major decision. It is, however, a decision that will provide you with more freedom when travelling in the UK or abroad. Many people prefer to take their own lightweight mobility scooter rather than hire one at the airport because it's already set to their own specifications.
Always make sure that you have an assessment and a test drive before buying a new mobility scooter of any kind. This way you can ask any questions to the mobility specialist and make sure you feel comfortable when driving it.
All good mobility showrooms will arrange a time for you to try out a range of mobility scooters; Can't make it to a showroom? No problem. Just arrange a Free No Obligation Home Demonstration.