Dear Editor,

I have recently acquired a power wheelchair (Hoveround) and would like to know if airlines allow battery-powered chairs as cargo. Do they require specs or what? Do I just let them know when making a reservation that I have a power wheelchair that will need to be used to get me to the gate, and then loaded onto the plane as baggage. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Linda Putzel

Airlines must accept power wheelchairs as cargo and, by getting a “gate check tag” will bring your chair to the gate once you’ve landed. They do greatly prefer dry cell batteries versus acid filled, and certain procedures can help avoid problems with damage to your chair during the flight.

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