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High cabin pressure flights?

I've got dysfunction in my ears; this drastically slows the regulation of pressure behind my eardrums. The result of this is that the pressure changes while flying put excessive pressure on my ...
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Is there a way to not be forced to go through the duty free area at Heathrow Terminal 3 for accessibility reasons?

When taking a flight from London Heathrow Terminal 3, all passengers are required to walk straight through the middle of the duty free shopping area in order to get to their gates. This is unlike at ...
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Handicap Accessible Camping in Glacier National Park (Montana)

We're attempting to pull together a last-minute (ish) road trip to Glacier at the end of June. As far as i can tell, all of the reserve-abe campsites have long been booked, but I do see that each ...
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American Service Dogs In Canada

I know that the rules/regulations/guidelines established in The Americans With Disabilities Act and in Alberta's (and other provinces') "equivalent" are very similar. The one big difference ...
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Is it possible to go through the Otay crossing as a pedestrian without taking any stair (e.g., in case of wheelchair or heavy luggage)?

Is it possible to go through the Otay crossing (one of three ports of entry (POE) in the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan region) as a pedestrian without taking any stair (e.g., in case of wheelchair or ...
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Is a visually impaired person considered a Person with Reduced Mobility (PRM)?

In Europe, all airlines are required to assist people with reduced mobility. I'm visually impaired, and soon flying with Iberia. So, I called them to ask for assistance at the airport. The guy who ...
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Is there any elevator between the first floor (car rental) and second floor (departure area) in Asuncion airport (Silvio Pettirossi airport, ASU)?

Is there any elevator between the first floor (car rental) and second floor (departure area) in Asuncion airport (Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, ASU)? I couldn't find any airport map on ...
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Do you tip airport wheelchair assistants at US airports

Occasionally I fly with an elderly relative that needs wheelchair help at the airport. This usually means informing the airline and they arrange for someone to help you through security and on to ...
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Renting a mobility scooter in Bergamo, Italy

Does anyone know of a way to rent a mobility scooter in Bergamo, Italy? The answer can be a company that rents them out or a site which will help me to find such a company.
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How can physically disabled people who aren't flying first or business class use the lavatory on a Lufthansa A340-600?

Lufthansa uses the Airbus A340-600 on a large portion of its long-haul routes. According to the seatmaps for the two different configurations it uses, all of the lavatories for premium economy and ...
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Do wheelchair-accessible aircraft exist?

I'm disabled and am restricted to an electric wheelchair. I cannot walk at all, and cannot sit in any other chair. I use a ramp van to get around town. It's just a regular van with several seats ...
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Athens airport 1-hour connection at normal walking speed

I booked a flight for me and a friend that goes from Tel Aviv to Barcelona. It connects at Athens International (ATH) and leaves us an only an hour for the connection. That is, the flight arrives to ...
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Does EnterAir allow boarding of disabled person with walking sticks?

We booked some holiday with my girlfriend through a travel agency and apparently the airline is EnterAir which I've never traveled with before. My girlfriend has a disability that creates some ...
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Requirements for disabled line for domestic flights in India [closed]

I am an Indian citizen and I am in a cast, do I get to go in a disabled line for Indian domestic flights?
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Can a Senior sit in a Handicap Seat on AMTRAK?

I have a Senior ticket. While traveling on amtrak, am I prohibited from sitting in an unoccupied seat reserved for passengers with disabilities?
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Assistance for an elderly non-revenue air passenger

Should one ask for extra assistance from gate agents and other airline employees for a non-revenue passenger who is over 80 years old and hard-of-hearing? The 80-year-old would be traveling by ...
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How to search for accessible routes? (In case, Seattle)

When arriving to my Airbnb close to the Montlake Boulevard Market, I found there are a number of stairs to climb from the Montlake Freeway Station. But there are other bus stops in the immediate ...
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Can I hire a mobility scooter in Dortmund?

I am trying to find mobility scooter hire in Dortmund in Germany, do you know of any?
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When is it unacceptable to use accessible/disabled toilet stalls?

While traveling around the world, one will often stumble upon bathrooms for people who are physically disadvantaged: Here in North America, I wouldn't think twice before using these bathrooms, as I ...
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Can I use a priority seat if it is vacant?

Since I don't have any priority, I avoid using priority seats* on busses, trains etc. However I see that other people who have no priority are occasionally using those seats. I wonder if there is a ...
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Taking a train at Copenhagen airport

I'm travelling to Växjö on 1st of November, arriving to Copenhagen airport in Denmark and then taking a train to my final destination in Sweden. I am a person with restricted mobility so I'm having a ...
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What is better for mobility limited on Spirit: nonstop or big front seat?

I have mobility limitations. I cannot stand for more than a few seconds. I can walk like a normal person but only for a limited range of 100-300' (30-100m) before having to stop, and stopping ...
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Wheelchair on a 15% slope [closed]

I'm about to take my friend on a trip. This friend is in a wheelchair. It's mostly flat pavement with one exception. There is 15% slope I will need to climb up and down. It's something like 300 meters ...
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What is the best way to ensure a disabled, inexperienced passenger will receive suitable assistance on a trip from Windhoek to Europe?

We have invited a young Namibian student to speak at a software conference in Cardiff, UK. There are various flight options, none of them direct. The young man walks with crutches, slowly, and finds ...
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Traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo with a peculiar medical condition

I have a peculiar medical condition. I can stand and walk around fine, but that is exactly the extent of physical movements I can make; I cannot sit for a long time or carry anything heavier than my ...
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Pre Travel Special Arrangements for Someone with Mild to Moderate Physical Disability

My partner had a hemorrhagic stroke 18 months ago and occasionally requires a wheelchair (for long distances) but is otherwise fine. Now he's going on a vacation to Southeast Asia via Qatar Airways ...
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How do I figure out which platform a SEPTA regional rail arrives at for a particular station?

I am beyond frustrated at this point. We even called SEPTA's support number, and the person outright lied and said that they have no information about which platform a train will arrive at. (This is a ...
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Travelling with small fold up wheelchair [closed]

Will I be charged for checking my small fold up wheelchair prior to flying Denver to LHR May 20th?
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How easy is it for someone with blindness to go through customs?

I am a totally blind traveller. I have always flown within the US for the last four years, usually getting assistance from airport staff and sky caps. Whether they are airline employees or airport ...
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What does this sign on Air Tahiti ferry mean?

I saw this sign on Air Tahiti ferry in French Polynesia. What does the last icon on this place réservée sign mean?
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Travelling long-distance (Winnipeg – Auckland) with several stops as a blind person

I am 100% blind and am considering traveling to Auckland by myself to visit a friend this February. Since being almost 24 hours on a plane non-stop directly from Vancouver to Auckland does not do it ...
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London Underground:Baker St to Liverpool St, step access

My wife is travelling from Marylebone to Liverpool street in London and plan to walk from Marylebone to Baker Street before getting the underground to Liverpool Street. The tfl journey planner ...
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Stairwell inside The Met Manhattan

I am planning my first trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I have all the galleries I want to see charted out, and I almost have an optimal path through The Met. But I have a specific question. ...
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Flying with a service animal

What are the requirements for flying with a service animal on domestic flights in the USA? Are there limits to the size? Is any paperwork needed?
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In-flight safety instructions for deaf passengers

I have never seen this before, but because most of the in-flight safety instructions appear to be replayed recordings these days (at least in my experience for both domestic and international airlines)...
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Why are airport wheelchairs often "attendant-propelled" only?

I have noted that all the airports I have visited have had "attendant-propelled" manual wheelchairs that may only be moved by an attendant: source: Wikimedia Commons. Rather than the more ...
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How to tell if your flight has an air-bridge or stairs?

A colleague has a family member who struggles with the stairs, and wouldn't be able to climb (injury). They've spotted a trip to Tasmania on Jetstar from Sydney, but are wondering if the planes have ...
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Wheelchair travel in Japan

My friend uses a wheelchair and would like to visit Japan with his wife (who is not in a wheelchair). Since I have been to Japan several times, he is looking to me to help plan or arrange a trip. I ...
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How to reach Munich Hbf from Munich's Airport (Terminal 2)? Disabled person

Recently I asked here a question about reaching Marktoberdorf from Munich's Airport. @user24582 gave me very helpful information and links. I contacted Mobility service of the Deutsche Bahn and ...
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Taming the nightmare of public toilets in the UK

Public toilets in the UK are established and maintained by the local authorities, most commonly local councils. This is great for people that advocate local autonomy, but a hellish nightmare for ...
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How can I reach Marktoberdorf from Munich Airport? Disabled person

First of all (its quite important) I need to say, that I am a disabled person, and walk with a crutch. In about two weeks I'm flying from Poland to Munich Airport. It is the first time I fly alone and ...
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Are there any guide books that give details of walks that are accessible to a wheelchair user in the Peak District (UK)

Are there any guide books that give details of walks that are accessible to a wheelchair user in the Peak District (UK)? For example the paths have a reasonable surface and there are no steps or ...
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Free access to Venice museums for the disabled, but with parking

I can see that a visitor to Venice is able to enter many of the attractions in Venice at a reduced, or entirely waived fee. Therefore, to obtain free admission, the interested parties can present ...
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Mobile Charging at the Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is situated on North Carolina's "Outer Banks" within a large system of U. S. national parks known as the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Source: Wiki Creative Commons On ...
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On the trail of the Alpine Ibex in Switzerland

I have been watching the National Geographic series, "Europe's Great Wilderness" and have become enthralled by their description of the Alpine Ibex. This magnificent animal appears to defy gravity in ...
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Step-free / wheelchair (or few steps) access on the Barcelona Metro

We went to Barcelona recently, as my wife has CP, she finds steps hard work, my arm also gets a good workout supporting her if we have too many steps to face. Most metro stations seemed to have many ...
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What proof of disability is accepted in France?

I am planning a visit to Paris and see that entry to various landmarks is free or considerably cheaper for disabled visitors. One member of our group holds a German handicapped card ("...
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Accessible travel by Tube from Heathrow to Kings Cross

I understand the Tube is the best way to get from Heathrow to Kings Cross. Does this journey have escalators and lifts all the way? I am unable to carry my cases.
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Passing through airport security with autism

I am a young adult with autism (Asperger's to be precise). While there are many resources on how to travel with kids with autism, resources on how to do so if you have it yourself are rare to ...
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Pick Up Wheelchair Passenger at SFO airport

I need to pick up a 94-year-old passenger at San Francisco International Airport. She requested wheelchair assistance when she booked the flight. Where do I go to pick her up? Is there a special ...
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