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What assistance can I get at the airport if I'm in a wheelchair?

When traveling by plane in a wheelchair, if you want, you can get immediate assistance when you arrive at the airport. They will escort you to your gate, often allowing you to bypass long lines at security. However, you will need to get physically patted down by a security agent since you can't go through the metal detector. You can request a private area and a same-sex agent if you prefer.

Whether you are using a manual or power chair, when you get to your gate, make sure the gate attendants know you will be boarding the flight and if you need assistance. You are always entitled to pre-board the plane to give you space and comfort to get to your seat and to allow the airline time to bring your chair down to cargo. Don't be afraid to clearly tell those helping you what your needs are and the best way to assist you.

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