5 Essentials Every Passenger With Reduced Mobility Should Know
Can you not get enough of travelling but have a condition that makes the process difficult? Do you often struggle to get the help that you so dearly need? You're not alone.
Research conducted by Disabled World found that tourists with reduced mobility often complained of a lack of professional staff capable of advising about accessibility when travelling.
If you have a condition that make hinders general movement, then we've compiled some useful information for you to keep in mind the next time you travel by plane or by train:
- When pre-booking parking it's important you inform the company about your disability prior to travelling. Each car park should have staff on site to help you get from your automobile to the terminal if you need it. All parking lots 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 always be given accessibility information at the time of buying their plane or train ticket. It's extremely important that you are fully briefed before you set off on your journey.
- Locating exits, the right platforms and the right check in desks is not always easy with reduced mobility. Special posts should be in place at airports and major train stations for you to make a direct call to the people who can take you through security and directly to the correct gate.
- Assistance should also be available when you check in luggage and as you make your way to the boarding area. If you have a guide dog that you'd like to take with you on board, remember to give the travel operator advance notice of your requirements.
- When you step aboard a plane or train it's important to know where you're seated. Staff should also be on hand to guide you to your seat. Airplane safety instructions also need to be explained in a way that's adapted to your disability.
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