Τετάρτη, 2 Οκτωβρίου 2013

TRIP ADVISES FOR DISABLED PASSENGERS by Konstantinidis Themistoklis,Trip advisor for disabled passengers



TRIP ADVISES FOR DISABLED PASSENGERS
 

Nowadays it is very easy for a disabled passenger to travel by air. The only thing that has to do is to inform the airline 48 hours before the flight or during the purchase of the ticket.



There are 3 different types of disabled passengers:
1.     WCHR* are these passengers who needs help only for long distances until they reach the aircraft.
2.     WCHS* are these passengers who are not able to climb the stairs and they need a special ambulift in order to reach the aircraft
3.     WCHC* are these passengers who are neither able to climb the stairs nor to move inside the aircraft. In the cabin they have to be moved with a special type of narrow wheelchair in order to reach their seat.

When the  passenger will reach the airport and appear in the check in counter  the duty manager of the airline has to evaluate in which of the above mentioned types the passenger belongs to. The passenger has to appear in the airport at least 1 ½ hours before the departure of the aircraft and this because these type of passengers embark in the aircraft before the rest of the passengers. The airline has special staff who are responsible to help the disable passengers with their luggage.
When the  passenger will seat in the aircraft his/her wheelchair will be allocated in the aircraft compartment.
If the  passenger needs a special meal the airline has to be notified at least 48 hours prior the departure.
If the  passenger needs medical treatment then the only responsible person to provide the medicines is his/her escort.
Except the 3 different types of disabled passengers mentioned above there is one more. This type is called STRECHER. This type refers to  passengers who are not able to be seated but laid down in a bed. For this procedure a reservation for 9 seats has to be made. And this is because 9 seats are required in order a bed to be constructed on board. In this case the passenger has to be escorted by his doctor or his healthcare staff and also by a medical certificate issued by his doctor which declares that the passenger is able to fly.
If the  passenger needs oxygen during his flight then he has to have with him a special portable oxygen concentrator device approved by the carrier. This device has to be operated only with batteries.
Last but not least I would like to mention that the percentage of the passengers with disabilities who travel for leisure is increasing as the carriers have all the requirements in order to help this type of passengers to fly with comfort.

*WCHR= WHEELCHAIR RAMP
*WCHS=WHEELCHAIR STEPS
*WCHC=WHEELCHAIR CABIN


Konstantinidis Themistoklis
Trip advisor for disabled passengers
e-mail:themiskon@me.com
mob:+30 6944 616 349

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