Flying with a Power Chair

BEING able to hop on a flight from Mackay to Melbourne is something many of us take for granted.

But for Mackay's Ray Wegner, having a disability is causing major headaches for his first independent trip away.

Mr Wegner has cerebral palsy which confines him to an electric wheelchair.

Power Chair Flights.jpgAfter wanting to book a flight for March to see his friend in Melbourne, Mr Wegner was told by all major airlines that he would have to fully dismantle his wheelchair in order for it to fit on the plane.

"The airlines have given me mobility aid size restrictions which means that my chair has to be fully dismantled and even then it exceeds the height restriction," Mr Wegner said.

"If I do dismantle my chair that means when I land in Melbourne, I have no legs until it is reassembled and I don't know who could do that for me."


More:

http://www.dailymercury.com.au/story/2011/01/27/airlines-leave-man-without-legs-mackay/

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