2) Do I have to do anything to prepare for travel with my wheelchair or mobility aid?

Wheelchairs need to be stored in an upright position for the flight, and it’s important the battery is securely attached to it.


The ways of stopping your wheelchair or mobility aid from moving by accident vary depending on the model and battery type:


Mobility aids with non-spillable or dry cell batteries, and those with lithium-ion batteries:
- Battery terminals must be protected from short circuits, for example enclosed in a battery container
- Battery must be securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid
- Electrical circuits must be isolated, so there's no chance of the device being operated by accident. If this isn’t possible – and as a last resort – you’ll need to disconnect the battery cables, and the battery terminals must be insulated to prevent short circuits


Mobility aids with spillable wet-cell batteries:
- Battery must be securely attached to the wheelchair or mobility aid
- Electrical circuits must be isolated, so there's no chance of the device being operated by accident. If this isn’t possible – and as a last resort – you’ll need to disconnect the battery cables, and the battery terminals must be insulated to prevent short circuits


If the wheelchair can’t be stored in an upright position for the flight:
- Remove the battery, and store in strong, rigid packaging
- Protect the battery terminals against short-circuiting


Other things to think about:
Instruction manual – you’ll need to bring the manufacturer’s instructions for your mobility aid. If you don’t have the details, visit the BHTA website where most makes and models are shown. If you can’t find this information, you’ll need to contact the manufacturer direct, or the shop where you bought it.
Insurance – we recommend your wheelchair is fully insured.