Charity, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) is addressing issues faced by wheelchair users when travelling by air, through the launch of a unique film: ‘Your Guide to Flying with a Disability’.
Now people thinking about flying with their powered wheelchair can see exactly what’s involved when taking a flight as the film shows every stage of the journey, from the preparation required, through check-in, security, boarding, in-flight and landing, as well as the assistance available.
QEF developed ‘Your Guide to Flying with a Disability’ with the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the airline and airport industry, with the aim of providing disabled people with the information they are missing, so they can make informed decisions and feel confident about taking a flight.
This film has been created in response to a growing need, highlighted by the numerous high-profile media stories throughout 2018 and reports that show that in 2017 there were three million requests made for assistance at UK airports. These requests are increasing at almost double the rate of general passenger growth.
QEF’s Accessible Aviation expert, Graham Race, says: “Our QEF Tryb4uFly service has already proven invaluable to many disabled people that have been anxious about taking a flight, but there has been a significant increase in demand for information. British Airways have already confirmed that they will make the film available to all customers who book wheelchair assistance.
The film shows a complete journey by air and offers advice at each stage. It provides much-needed information and assurance to the thousands of disabled people and their families who currently feel that air travel is not an option for them.”
Director at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, Paul Smith, added: ‘It is a priority for the UK Civil Aviation Authority to continue to improve the accessibility of air travel. We have worked closely with the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) who have expertise in this area, to develop an insightful and informative film. As it shows every stage of a journey by air for a powered wheelchair user, we hope the film will answer many of the questions people currently have about flying as a wheelchair
‘Your Guide to Flying with a Disability’ is available to view via QEF’s website: www.qef.org.uk/accessibleaviation
More about QEF
QEF provides expert services and practical support that enable disabled people to increase their independence. Through its Mobility Services, QEF has been offering a Tryb4uFly assessment service to disabled air travellers for several years and even has a section of an aircraft cabin at its mobility centre in Carshalton, Surrey. This is supported by aircraft seating at additional centres in Birmingham and Leeds, so wheelchair users can try out options for aisle transfer and seating equipment before flying. QEF’s ‘Your Guide to Flying with a Disability’ has been developed in partnership with the UK Civil Aviation Authority, with additional funding from the ExPat Foundation.