In the United States, there are approximately 3.6 million people over 15 who use a wheelchair. Taking a vacation during the lockdown can be frustrating for someone with mobility problems. Here is an outline of what you can expect during your trip.
Travel for People with Disability
People with disabilities have been facing challenges in virtually all aspects of travel. But with COVID, the process has become even more frustrating for passengers with a wheelchair.
The complications of travel are hardly due to physical problems on the part of people with disabilities. But the challenge is in accessing information that could make the journey less stressful.
For example, many wheelchair users cannot find relevant web pages about boarding when booking a flight. Sometimes some third-party providers fill the information gap left by airlines. However, that denies the passenger the chance to take advantage of offers and discounts.
COVID Restrictions and Accessibility Challenges
It has always been challenging for people with disabilities to get on a plane. You would have to leave the wheelchair behind before you get on a plane. But that has left many passengers concerned about their risk of infection.
Boarding a plane usually involves the assistance of family and friends. Sometimes there are flight delays because airlines do not have a plan for people with mobility challenges.
Quarantine and Access to Amenities during Travel
Another concern for people with limited mobility is what might happen when they get to their destination. While traveling to another country, the state may decide to impose a lockdown. It can be frustrating to get stuck in a foreign land without friends and family.
Additionally, available amenities for people with disabilities are neglected if they were there in the first place. For example, there are fewer places for wheelchair users to pack. Sometimes, passengers have to wait for long hours without assistance.
Cleaning and Disinfection Concerns
The spread of the virus has raised hygiene concerns, especially during travel. Some airlines have wipes for all passengers. Airlines have taken it upon themselves to update their cleaning protocols. That may include using aerosol electrostatic systems to cover larger areas that require disinfection.
Making Arrangements for Travel
For people using wheelchairs, traveling may seem like a lot of trouble. But it is still possible to go on a memorable vacation. You, however, need to research and plan your travel arrangements.
You must find out the boarding and social distancing rules of the airline before booking a flight. Determine if there is access to amenities and whether the airline caters to people with mobility challenges.
You may need to work out every aspect of your trip. Remember to keep your wheelchair arm pads and cushions clean. The more time you spend on your plan, the more you’re likely to enjoy it.
People with disabilities may face several challenges when traveling during the pandemic. But it is not always doom and gloom. Policymakers and corporate organizations are working on programs to improve accessibility. We recommend you research the airline and destination to minimize surprises during the trip.