Several Months ago, I arrived in
Her story was sad, to be sure; but even sadder is that it must happen with more regularity than we all realize. You see, she was trying to make it home from a vacation in
So, I pushed her. We rolled all the way to baggage claim, found her bag which had been archived as "found luggage," and I literally rolled her into a cab and made sure she was on her way home. We left the airline’s wheelchair in the parking lot… I suppose they eventually found it.
A week later, USA Today ran a story with this headline, "Airlines Tackle Wheelchair Need, Demand Rises, Fliers Fall Through the Cracks" You don’t say. The bulk of the story was about an 83 year old woman who, balancing on her cane in a jet-bridge, was the last person left in the
Some airports are offering "Premium Wheelchair Service" for a fee. You can reserve a chair and an attendant will meet you and make sure you make it to your gate. Why that has to be a "Premium" service is beyond me.
My advice is, have someone you know accompany you through security and to your gate. It’s free and your companion only needs to tell the airline when you check in that he/she is your helper and you need a pass to go through security. Your companion can make sure you get on the plane. As an "insurance policy," you might want to ask that polite person next to you on the plane if they’d be happy to push you at your destination if necessary.
I, for one, will not be trusting the airline to push anyone I know anywhere…