Hi there! Emily here from accessibleGO. I wanted to share something that I have found so so helpful over the past few years. For some background, I am an ambulatory wheelchair user, where I can walk on my knees to get around, due to my knees being permanently bent, and I use a wheelchair in public/long distances. I’ve had custom power and manual wheelchairs my entire life.
Right before COVID hit, I was gearing up for more independent travel and needed a wheelchair to fit that need. I found that there are many standard wheelchairs that are now made that are meant for travel and to be FAA compliant (pre-approved for planes). The one I have weighs 50lbs, folds up to be the size of a suitcase, and has removable batteries. The price of these range from $1500 - $3500, and likely would not be covered by insurance - I didn’t even try for mine.
This has revolutionized my ability to travel. Since it is a secondary chair for me, I’m not afraid to get it a little beat up, LOL. In my 2.5 years of owning it, I’ve taken it on countless flights, thrown in many many Ubers, and been all over the country with it.
It allows me to Uber, and to Uber alone too. I usually just ask the Uber driver to lift it in for me, and they usually have no problem doing so. If they are having trouble, we find a friendly nearby stranger to help us out.
Battery lasts me well over a day’s usage. On a normal week, I charge it about once a week. It doesn’t fit me quite right as it’s a standard chair, but I don’t mind. My friends know how to operate it easily as well.
If you can afford it and are looking for a travel chair, something that can get a little more beat up and can easily go on planes, I 1000% recommend. Also, this isn’t paid or sponsored or anything, just my personal experience.
Link to the one I have, but you can find a ton of options if you search for “FAA Approved Wheelchairs”
All the best!!