Although the weather has turned and Summer may already seem a while ago holidays are still on all of our minds and we want to let you know about a great article about planning holidays for people with physical impairments.


The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (FPLD) has recently published a blog article by Jill Davies about planning holidays that include flying for people with physical impairments. The article shares a number of useful tips for plane travel , and information about equipment and support, which airlines and airports can offer disabled passengers.

Here are a few of the things from the article that you might find useful if your planning on jetting off abroad:

  • Taking your wheelchair on the plane – You can’t take your own wheelchair into the passenger cabin of a plane. It will be stored in the hold of the plane. Speak to your airline to find out what help they’ll provide when boarding the plane.
  • Travel systems – The Burnett Body Support is a large cushion filled with polystyrene beads designed to offer adapted seating support. A pump is attached and the air evacuated, enabling the cushion to mould perfectly to the shape of the person seated in it, offering comfort and support where it is most needed. When air is reintroduced, the cushion returns to its natural shape once again.
  • The Crelling harness ‘model 27’ is approved for aircraft use – It is a full 5 point harness designed to offer additional support in single seats and aircraft seats. Three sizes are available depending on the age of the passenger.
  • MERU travel chairs are postural seat inserts which support children who cannot sit independently.
  • Try b4u fly a service that provides adults and children with the unique opportunity to trial specially designed aircraft seating support for children, young people and adults with disabilities for use on airlines. They also have a hire service so people can practise using the equipment ahead of the flight.
  • Your rights Under European law, disabled people and other people with reduced mobility have legal rights to help when travelling by air. There is detailed information about this on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) website here.

You can see Jill’s full blog here.

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