5 Essentials Every Passenger With Reduced Mobility Should Know
Can you not get enough of travelling but have a condition that makes the whole process difficult? Do you often struggle to get the help and advice 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 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 is advisable you inform the company about your disability prior to travelling. Each car park should have staff on hand to help get you from your car to the terminal should you need it. Most car parks should have disabled parking bays close to reception and to the shuttle bus pickup points if this service is in operation.
- Passengers with reduced mobility should be given accessibility information every time they purchase their plane or train ticket. It's important that you are fully informed about what you can expect before you set off.
- Locating exits, the correct platforms and 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 help you through security and directly to the correct gate.
- Assistance should also be available at the time of checking in luggage and as you make your way to the boarding area. If you own 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 first step on board a plane or train it's important to know where you are seated. Staff should also be there to help guide you to your seat. Airplane safety instructions also need to be explained in a way that's catered to your disability.
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