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Lightweight, *portable* wheelchair for travel
« on: March 10, 2017, 03:42:17 PM »
My mother is in her 90s and can still walk; however, she's not fast and airport travel is really stressful. I'm considering a lightweight wheelchair that we can check and it would be nice if I could stuff her tote bag somewhere on it. My carry-on will be a backpack so I can push her and her stuff through the airport, through security, to the gate, and down the ramp. We would check our other luggage.

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Re: Lightweight, *portable* wheelchair for travel
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2017, 04:00:24 PM »
won't the airline provide one for her? that would be easiest.

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Re: Lightweight, *portable* wheelchair for travel
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2017, 04:10:38 PM »
That's what we do now, but at some airports (like Dulles) you have to walk to the wheelchair corral which is some distance. I pretty much had a fit about it but the help apparently can't be bothered. Hence, I'm looking into Plan B.
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Re: Lightweight, *portable* wheelchair for travel
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 09:21:11 AM »
As someone who lost both parents very young, that's awesome!  I got nothin of value:

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Re: Lightweight, *portable* wheelchair for travel
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 09:29:37 AM »
https://www.amazon.com/Lightweight-Aluminum-Portable-Wheelchair-Black/dp/B005PFZ1JK?th=1

We've used this one for my mother, and the price isn't too bad either. If you ever need help while coming or going from IAD, don't hesitate to send me a PM.

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Re: Lightweight, *portable* wheelchair for travel
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 10:13:30 AM »
I used to be quite expert at this but seem to have forgotten most of what I knew about best types.

If you are only going to use it a couple of times, don't spend big money. This is a best seller on Amazon, which will be okay for occasional use: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Days-Escape-Lite-Lightweight-Wheelchair/dp/B00687I5QK/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1489417947&sr=8-3&keywords=light+wheelchair
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Re: Lightweight, *portable* wheelchair for travel
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2017, 08:50:09 PM »
Thanks all for the suggestions.

https://www.amazon.com/Lightweight-Aluminum-Portable-Wheelchair-Black/dp/B005PFZ1JK?th=1

We've used this one for my mother, and the price isn't too bad either. If you ever need help while coming or going from IAD, don't hesitate to send me a PM.

Eric

Thanks for the recommendations and the offer; we have relatives in the Reston/Vienna area so we're good on transportation. It's just.... Dulles.
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