However, not all folding mobility scooters are approved for airline travel, so that is important to keep in mind. Many people just want something that can easily fold up for simple storage and transport. That is exactly what these type of mobility scooters were made for.
Let’s face it, having a disability that causes you to not be mobile can really be a down and lonely feeling. Not being able to do everyday activities you once enjoyed is a huge inconvenience and while having a mobility scooter helps with relieving that, not all of them are lightweight and foldable.
The main benefit you get out of owning a folding mobility scooter is that it can be folded up into a compact shape and you can take if with you and continue to use it. Wouldn’t it be nice to take your mobility scooter with you anywhere you go?
Folding mobility scooters have been around for years and the technological advances that have been made in this market are amazing. We work directly with some of the leading manufacturer’s in the industry and these type of mobility scooters continue to be made easier and easier for the everyday user.
Many of them are lightweight weighing around 50 lbs, some weigh even less than that. They are now made with longer battery ranges, faster speed, and of course, many of them are TSA approved and perfect for airline travel, as I mentioned earlier!
Recently, I sold 2 folding mobility scooters to one particular customer and his wife. They were retired and loved to go on trips, but were not able to travel as much because their strength was deteriorating and both of them just did not have the energy to last all day checking out all the sights of their vacation.
These people were not the type of people to lounge by the pool all day sipping on pina coladas. They like to get out and enjoy traveling to new places, explore restaurants and experience what that city or destination has to offer. I was able to find a folding scooter we had for sale that was the perfect fit for them.
Since their purchase, they have reached to us to let us know how much of a difference these units have made to their life and I love that feeling.
One of the things this gentleman really wanted was something lightweight, compact, and easy to transport. But what sold him on the unit he purchased is that it has a remote fob that allowed the mobility scooter to fold or unfold at the push of a button.
I will talk more about the automatic folding unit he purchased here in a bit, but before I do that, lets go over some of the main functionality and benefits these type of mobility scooters have to offer.
What Makes a Mobility Scooter Airline Approved?
Often times, you will find many of these folding travel scooters we have for sale are approved for airline travel. However, that is not the case for every single one of them. The reason a mobility scooter is airline approved is simply determined because of the type of battery it has.
The determining factor is that it must be a sealed battery. The only batteries that are questionable are lithium batteries. They are ok for airline travel as long as they do not exceed 300 amp hours. All other battery types in these units, as long as they are sealed, are ok for airline travel.
How Much Does it Cost to Take a Mobility Scooter on an Airplane?
Believe it or not, I get asked this question quite often. Surprising to some, it is free to take your mobility scooter on an airplane; this is according to the ADA and FAA. To be safe, I always advise our customers to reach out to your airline before taking your mobility scooter with you to the airport.
All airlines have different procedures on how you travel with your unit. The normal process is you go through security just like you normally would and when you get to the gate to board the plane, you check your mobility scooter right there.
Another tip I recommend is before you hand it off to the airline employee, take several pictures of the unit before you pass it off to them. This is to protect you in case there would be some type of damage during the flight.
How Much Does a Folding Mobility Scooter Weigh?
Obviously, in order for a mobility scooter to be foldable and easy to transport, it must be lightweight. Many fold up scooters can weigh as little as 34 lbs and as much as 70 lbs. With the lighter units, they generally smaller in frame and easier to carry.
The heavier units are a little more durable and usually have a higher weight capacity and a stronger motor to carry the weight load. Regardless, of what your body type is and what you are looking for, I am confident we can find you a folding scooter that is right for you.