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Your UCP: National October 13, 2003

Tips & Suggestions

Handy Tips or Things to Know about Airlines, Trains and Hotels

Air Travel:

  • It is best to book reservations as early as possible and inform the airline if you will be requiring special assistance.
  • You should arrive for your flight at least an hour in advance because people with disabilities will be the first to board the plane.
  • Inform the airline at least 48 hours in advance of your flight for services you will need for the trip.
  • Always confirm that they have a record of your requests 48 hours prior to departure.
  • All US airlines require a doctor’s letter in order to air travel with an oxygen tank.
  • Make your reservations as far in advance as possible and be willing to take the extra time to confirm details prior to your trip.
  • Inform the reservation clerk if you are traveling with a wheelchair and specify if it is manual or powered. (If you are taking a powered wheelchair, let the airline know what type of battery it uses.)
  • Inform the airline if you need assistance in boarding.
  • Inform the airline if you have a service dog
  • If it is a long flight and you are able to use the standard plane restroom, but are unable to walk to the restroom, ask that they make the aisle chair available to you during the flight.
  • Take a direct flight when possible to avoid plane changes.

Hotel Reservations. Tell the agent the following things:

  • you have a disability
  • if you’re a wheelchair user
  • what your needs are regarding the bathroom (i.e. roll-in shower and a shower chair)
  • anything else you feel is necessary to tell the agent
  • ask about accessible transportation

Train Reservations. Tell the agent the following things:

  • if you have a disability
  • if you’re taking wheelchair (manual/powered)
  • if you're taking a powered wheelchair, what type of batteries it runs on
  • if you have a service dog
  • where you prefer to sit
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