The Quingo team talk about what you need to consider when taking your Quingo on a plane.
Travelling with your Quingo on a plane may not be as daunting or strenuous as some may think. It’s possible to enjoy all the advantages of your Quingo at your destination.
Taking your Quingo on a flight
The most important thing before making any travel arrangements is to check your airline company’s policy for taking scooters on-board, as the specifics may vary from airline to airline.
According to the Gov.uk website if you’re travelling to a European airport and you have a disability, then you can travel with up to two items of mobility equipment free of charge. These won’t be counted as part of your baggage allowance. You won’t be able to take your scooter into the passenger carriage of the plane, but it will be stored in the hold until arrival.
What do I need to consider?
Once you’ve contacted your airline and are satisfied with all the provisions they provide you’re ready to prepare for your journey. Here are a list of points to bear in mind.
- When you arrive at the airport, make sure you’ve removed all items from the basket or lockable boxes.
- Make sure you leave your Quingo with the freewheel lever in the braked or normal driving position.
- Always take a spare key with you – it’s always best to prepare for every possibility.
- Write a label saying ‘Remove key for flight and attach key to the handle bars’ and attach it to the ignition key.
- Make sure the airline staff understand how to fold down the scooter for transport and the location of the freewheel device.
- Remember to take your Quingo’s battery charger and a suitable plug for the country you’re flying to.
- The local laws for driving mobility scooters vary from country to country so it’s important to familiarise yourself with these differences before you fly out.
- If your scooter can be disassembled do not take it apart – ensure that it’s kept in one piece.
- Make sure your Quingo is fully charged when traveling.
Enjoying your flight
Once all these points have been considered, along with any other suggestions or requirements highlighted by the airlines, you’re ready to fly. If you’d like to travel abroad on your Quingo but are less fond of flying, you may be interested in our blogpost on ferries.