5 Essentials Every Passenger With Reduced Mobility Should Know
Love to travel but have a condition that makes getting around hard? Often struggle to get the help and advice that you need? You're not the only one.
Research carried out by Disabled World reveals that tourists with reduced mobility often complain of a lack of professional staff capable of advising about accessibility when travelling.
If you have a condition that makes moving around a difficult experience, then we've compiled some essential information for you to bear in mind for the next time you travel by plane or by train:
- When pre-booking parking it's advised you tell the company about your disability prior to travelling. Most car parks should have staff to help get you from your car to the terminal should you need it. Many car parks should have disabled parking bays close to reception and to the shuttle bus pickup points if this service is running.
- Passengers with reduced mobility should be given accessibility information each time they buy their plane or train ticket. It's majorly important that you are fully informed about what you can expect before you set off.
- Locating exits, the correct platforms and right check in desks is not always easy with reduced mobility. Special posts should be in place at airports and all major train stations for passengers to make a call to the people who can give you the assistance you need to get through security and directly to the correct gate.
- Assistance should also be made available at the time of checking in luggage and on your way to the boarding area. If you are the owner of a guide dog and you'd like to take it on board with you, don't forget to give the travel operator advance notice of your requirements.
- When you first set foot on a plane or train it's important to know where you are seated. Staff should also be there to help guide you to your allocated seat. Airplane safety instructions also need to be explained in a way that is adapted to your disability.
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