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Transportation of Electric Mobility Aids

If you are planning to travel by air and take an electric wheelchair or another mobility aid with you, you should inform of your intention the airline that will operate your flight and apply for the service.

When traveling with a standard electric wheelchair or a mobility aid, you should provide the following information:

• What is the type/model of your wheelchair/mobility aid?
• What is the size (height, width) of the wheelchair/mobility aid?
• What is the weight of the wheelchair/mobility aid?
• How many batteries are installed on your wheelchair/ mobility aid?
• What is the battery type of your wheelchair/ mobility aid (lead–acid battery / acid-free battery / gel-type battery / lithium battery)?
• How are the batteries of your wheelchair/mobility aid disconnected?
• What actions are indicated in the user’s instructions to prevent accidental activation of your wheelchair/mobility aid?

In case an electric (battery-powered) wheelchair or a similar mobility aid is specifically designed for the user to be able to remove the battery (such as a folding chair):

1. the battery(ies) must be removed, and then the wheelchair / mobility aid can be transported as a hold baggage without any restrictions;
2. the battery(ies) must be protected from a short circuit by covering their contacts (e.g., covering the open contacts with adhesive tape);
3. the removed battery(ies) must be protected from damage (e.g., by placing each battery in a safety pouch). The passenger must bring the battery(ies) into the aircraft cabin;
4. the battery must be removed from the mobility aid in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions;
5. the battery power must not exceed 300 Wh;
6. it is allowed to carry no more than one battery, the power of which does not exceed 300 Wh, or two spare batteries, the power of each individual battery not exceeding 160 Wh.

To apply for the service and learn the precise information about the rules regarding transportation of a wheelchair or a mobility aid, please contact your airline!

Airline websites.