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  • Boston/San Antonio with Power Chair on Southwest

    indulgetnvoyagestraveldesigner created 12 months ago 6 Members · 19 Posts
  • sheri19a

    Member
    June 22, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I’ve bee told by Southwest that they may have to put chair it’s side to get it into the cargo doors….I asked if it would be possible to put the back in recline to get it in.  He thought that was a good idea. My question is….I’ll have to raise the cantilever arm rests up making an already unstable armrest more unstable. IS there any way or the best way I could stabilize the arm rests?

     

  • sheri19a

    Member
    June 22, 2018 at 11:51 am

    front overall

  • josh_grisdale

    Member
    June 23, 2018 at 7:12 am

    I asked Southwest on Twitter and just got a link to this page: https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/unique-travel-needs/customers-with-disabilities-pol.html?clk=GFOOTER-CUSTOMER-ASSISTANCE

    I would be cautious about putting it on its side without removing the batteries… They are likely sealed but may leak.  Also, it would put pressure on parts of the wheelchair not designed to take pressure (ie armrests) and may bend it.  If possible i think tilting is best, but not sure about armrests.  Can they be removed and put on the seat and taped there?

    You may want to do a few trial runs at home first…

  • sheri19a

    Member
    June 24, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Thank you Josh. I had seen that but it doesn’t really talk about details of their procedure, so I’d like to go prepared with how to proceed with what they tell me the day of. I really want to find a way not NOT remove the armrests…there is now simple way to remove cantilever armrests…they are bolted down at the back end. It would be hard to reattach at the same spot and then the controls would have to taken off witch then would have to take off the entire back casing to unplug them. It’s possible if I HAVE to but time consuming at the very least. If I can direct them on how to use seat recline and stablize the arm would be ideal and I will campaign for that.  But that still leaves me with the dilemma of stabalizing the arm.

    I’m sure once I figure this all out…The next trip will be sooo much less stressful. I do appreciate all suggestions and insight from everyone. Thank you.

  • josh_grisdale

    Member
    June 24, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    I wish I was a technician!  When are you going?

    At the very least, after you are done being a “guinea pig” for this flight, I think it would be good for everyone to hear what happened in the end!

  • sheri19a

    Member
    June 25, 2018 at 5:40 am

    I will let everyone know how I make out for sure. 🙂 I leave the end of the week!

    I do have another question though. I’ve done searches with no luck. Does anyone have a diagram of heavy power wheelchair and where the best places to lift the chair from would be.  For example: Would the four points that the tied downs use be strong enough? Can they lift from the bar at the back of the chair or under the seat?

    I did see that directions say the frame…I’m sure they will know where exactly that is since I am not clear on that either .

    Thank you all for your insights.

  • lemadelinot68

    Member
    June 25, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Usually the best option is the four anchoring hoops..

  • sheri19a

    Member
    June 25, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you Lemadelinot68.

  • josh_grisdale

    Member
    July 17, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Hello,

    How did things work out?!?

    I hope it went well…

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