Airline approved mobility scooters & wheelchairs

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There is nothing as embarrassing and humiliating as being denied access right at the check-in because you are on a scooter or wheelchair that is not airplane friendly. 

An even worse feeling is painfully watching your wheelchair being taken away knowing very well what an uncomfortable and possibly painful experience awaits you once you land.

Until such a time when air travel will be fair and accessible to all mobility aid users, it’s important to do your research well when shopping around so that you buy a mobility device that is allowed onboard by airlines. This is especially important if you travel a lot and you depend on your mobile device entirely to move around.

In this post, we help you find the best mobility scooters and wheelchairs that are approved by all if not majority of the airlines.

Which Mobility scooters Are Airline Approved?

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The Enhance Mobility Transformer Scooter is one of the fastest automatic folding mobility scooters with a maximum speed of 3.7 mph.

The airline-approved scooter is available in a variety of vibrant colors – red, blue, yellow, and black – and all the colors look impeccably sleek, stylish, and hi-tech. The manufacturer really took their time with this one. Everything about it screams quality.

We loved that the electric scooter comes pre-assembled and ready to take off right after unboxing. This is a plus for aged users and users who do not know how to put things together.

And that’s not the only thing that impressed us. This mobility aid is incredibly easy to use and comes with easy-to-press buttons. You can opt to operate it manually or use a remote control.

While test-driving the scooter, we found that it maneuvered so well in narrow spaces and crowded areas, particularly when taking turns, that we didn’t knock down any obstacle. We also didn’t struggle to pass through any doorway.

The Transformer comes with a set of two Lithium-ion batteries and a station charger that you can use to charge your battery, whether offboard or onboard. Each of the batteries can last you up to 13.7 miles so with two fully charged batteries you can cover a distance of up to 26 miles.

Perhaps the most outstanding feature of this four-wheel scooter is how fast it folds down into a compact piece that instantly becomes lightweight and easy to carry and store. Most airlines prefer a foldable scooter as it takes less cargo space. See how it folds down in this video.

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Foldable Wheelchair
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Foldable Wheelchair

As you can see from the video, you can also fold it down into a piece of trolley luggage (suitcase) so that you can move around with it easily at the airport.

One last thing, the scooter comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the frame,battery and a two-year warranty on all electrical components.

Read a more detailed review on the Enhance Mobility Transformer Scooter.

Quick Facts

  • Top Speed: 3.7 mph

  • Fully automatic folding scooter

  • Distance on full charge: 13.5 miles

  • Maximum weight capacity: 300 lbs.

  • Seat size: 17″W X 22"H

  • Chair weight with battery: 53 lbs.

  • Battery: Lithium-Ion

  • Seat width: 17″

Pros

  • Comes fully assembled

  • Comes with enough ground clearance for outdoor use

  • Automatically folds up and down for ease of storage and transport

  • Compliant with most airlines

  • Can be controlled manually or by using a remote control

  • Available in a variety of vibrant colors

  • Offboard/onboard battery charger

  • Uniquely designed storage bag

Cons

  • Not ideal for tall users

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The Atto folding mobility scooter is one of our most highly reviewed three-wheel scooters. It’s fitted with pneumatic tires so that you don’t have to keep worrying about punctures when enjoying your ride in the wild. It can ride on pretty much all terrains from smooth tiled floors and pavements to rough earthen roads.

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Tires

The Atto folding scooter is one of the few mobility devices  that is ISO-certified and FDA certified (K160909). This should give you confidence in its quality, durability, and performance. 

The scooter comes with a UL and CE-approved charger and a super lightweight lithium battery that takes at most 4 hours to recharge. The battery can last you a driving range of up to 10 miles and can either be charged onboard or offboard.

Just like the Transformer scooter from Enhance Mobility, this scooter too can be folded down into a trolley suitcase as well as into two easy-to-carry units with one compartment weighing just 27 lbs while the other weighs 35 lbs. You can also make a lot of adjustments like seat height, armrest height, and tiller angle for a comfortable driving experience.

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Folded Compartments

Overall, the Atto scooter is a top-of-the-range mobility scooter. It comes fully assembled and is easy to drive and control. The LED control panel comes with some of the most useful features like a battery indicator, direction mode, a five-speed control panel, and a horn to help you navigate crowded spaces.

Read a more detailed review of the Atto Folding Mobility Scooter

Quick Facts

  • FAA approved

  • Weight capacity: 265 lbs.

  • Total weight: 62 pounds

  • USB charging port

  • Turning radius: 53"

  • Maximum incline: 6 degrees

  • Top speed mode: 4 mph

  • LED Display, Buzzer, Reverse

  • Driving range between charges: 12.4 miles

  • 48 Volt lithium-ion battery

Pros

  • Can be customized to include discrete armrests

  • Folds down to a small portable luggage size

  • Comes fully assembled

  • Fitted with PU filled non-pneumatic tires that do not puncture easily

  • 10 years expected service life

  • Can be disassembled into two compartments to make it easy to lift

Cons

  • Even when folded down or split into compartments, the scooter can be a little heavy for some users

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The ZooMe Auto-Flex is the ultimate travel companion that comes with plenty of features to make your travel easier and fun. 

Similar to the Atto scooter, ZooMe is a fully automatic portable scooter that takes literally 15 seconds to fold or unfold. You can fold it down to make it easy to lift and store in your car truck as you head to the airport or in a taxi when heading to your hotel room.

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Folded

And because the frame is made of aluminum, the entire unit is considerably lightweight, tipping the scale at just 60 lbs. We say considerably because many of you may not consider this weight to be light but when compared to similar electric scooters, you will find that it’s actually lightweight.

Similarly, it comes with a delta tiller which is a feature not found in a lot of mobility scooters but one that makes driving so effortless, particularly for users with dexterity issues.

In addition, you can adjust both the height and the angle of the delta tiller for an even more comfortable driving experience as well as adjust the padded armrests.

ZooMe Auto-Flex 4-wheel scooter is incredibly easy to control and drive and comes with convenient accessories like the cup holder, storage basket, and reflectors. The rear and front wheels are fitted with flat-free tires that can handle pretty much any terrain. It also comes with anti-tip wheels fitted on the rear to ensure that you ride safely on all the terrains.

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Anti-tip Wheels

Quick Facts

  • Delta tiller

  • Weight capacity: 275 lbs.

  • Maximum speed: 4 mph

  • Distance on full charge: 13 miles

  • Chair weight with battery: 63.6 lbs.

  • Seat width: 16.75″

  • Turning radius 47.2"

  • Battery: Lithium-Ion

  • Ground clearance 1.6"

Pros

  • Comes fully assembled

  • Made of a light aluminum frame

  • Delta tiller for effortless driving

  • Fitted with anti-tip wheels on the rear for added safety

  • Long-lasting battery

  • Automatically folds and unfolds in less than 15 seconds

  • Auto-folding seat and adjustable padded armrests

Cons

  • It may too bulky and heavy for aged users to lift it

Wheelchairs That Are Airline Approved

Below are the best wheelchairs approved by most airlines.

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The eVolt Traveler Power Chair is an FDA-approved foldable electric wheelchair with excellent durability, strength, and lightweight frame.

This power wheelchair also comes with a joystick controller that’s super easy to operate even for users with dexterity issues. And with just a push of a button, the wheelchair folds tightly to a compact size. It measures31″ x 25′ x 13 in size. This makes it possible to fit the wheelchair into the plane’s cargo space.

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That, combined with the fact that the wheelchair can comfortably ride over any type of terrain, rugged terrain included, makes it a perfect travel companion. And you won’t have to be worried about sudden tire punctures thanks to the pneumatic flat-free tires.

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Quick Facts

  • Weight capacity: 242.5 lbs

  • Maximum speed: 3.7mph

  • Aluminum Alloy frame

  • Ground clearance: 1.50”

  • Electromagnetic brake type

  • Battery capacity: 13Ah

  • Driving range: 13 miles

  • DC 24V 250W Motor

  • Turning radius: 47.24”

  • Maximum charging time: 5hr

  • Climbing angle: 6°~12°

Pros

  • Folds tightly to a compact size that's easy to store and transport

  • Lightweight and portable design

  • Can be driven manually if the battery dies

  • A thick seat for added comfort

  • Travels over smooth and rugged terrains

  • Excellent climbing angle and turning radius

  • Detachable and adjustable armrests

Cons

  • Smaller weight capacity hence not the best for heavy individuals

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The Model H Hybrid wheelchair is both a manual and an electric wheelchair. It’s designed for users who love the convenience of a power chair and the ability to go manual quickly..

Weighing at just 39 pounds, the Model H Hybrid wheelchair is by far the most lightweight foldable electric wheelchair on the market. It folds down to a compact size that is easy to travel with.

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The chair comes assembled right out of the box which means you can use it right away.

What struck us the most about this wheelchair is the comfort and safety features added to ensure that users are safe while using it. For instance, there is a seat belt to keep you secure, ati-tip wheels to keep you from falling over on steep or rugged terrains, flat-free tires to avoid mid-journey punctures, an anti-lock system, and a horn to help you navigate crowded places.

As for comfort and convenience, there is a footrest to rest your legs, armrests to rest your hands when driving, a joystick controller, and remote control for easy operation among others.

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Joystick

In addition, you can customize the wheelchair to make it more comfortable by adjusting the seat height and armrests.

The Model H Hybrid wheelchair also maneuvers pretty well in tight, narrow, and awkward spaces and can travel as far as 13 miles when fully charged. The best thing is if you ever run out of power, you can simply switch to manual mode for the remainder of your journey.

Read a more detailed Model H hybrid wheelchair review.

Quick Facts

  • Max speed: 5 mph

  • Distance on full charge: 8-13 miles

  • Weight capacity: 260 lbs.

  • Electromagnetic Braking System

  • Seat width: 18″

  • Brushless Motor, 24V DC, 250w x2 Power Rating

  • 12ah Ternary Li-ion polymer battery

  • Chair weight with battery: 39 lbs.

  • Battery: Lithium-Ion

  • Ground clearance: 3.50″

Pros

  • Electric and manual drive

  • Comes fully assembled and ready to drive

  • Fitted with several safety features

  • Easy to maneuver in tight and narrow spaces

  • Extremely lightweight and portable for easy storage

  • Easy to ride over tough terrains and obstacles

Cons

  • It can be quite hectic switching from manual to electric drive

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The featherweight wheelchair is another one of our favorites weighing just 33 lbs.

The Featherweight wheelchair is easy to transport as it’s light enough to lift and fits into the trunk of any car. It performs exceptionally well on smooth and rough terrains therefore you can go just about anywhere with it.

In addition to safety features like anti-locking wheels, the electric wheelchair comes with a joystick controller that can be fitted either on the left or right side of the wheelchair for ease of use as well as quick-release buckles.

Furthermore, the upholstery is made of a thick and durable nylon material while the frame is made of a super lightweight aluminum alloy.

Overall, the Featherlight power chair is a great traveling electric wheelchair with desirable features like a carrying handle and solid non-puncture tires to make your travels safe. The best part is that the wheelchair can be used right out of the box.

Quick Facts

  • Weight capacity: 242.5 lbs

  • Top Speed: 3.7 mph

  • Chair weight with battery: 13.5 lbs.

  • Maximum travel range on full charge: 13 miles

  • Ground clearance: 3″

  • Seat width: 17.72″

  • DC brushless motor, 250W*2, DC 24V

  • Electromagnetic Braking System

Pros

  • Extremely lightweight and portable

  • Quick and easy to fold and unfold

  • Can be used on smooth and rugged terrains

  • Thick durable upholstery

  • Features a dual braking system and anti-lock system for maximum safety

  • Comes with a lifetime limited warranty on the frame

Cons

  • Not the best for big and heavy users due to its smaller weight limit

Things to look for when shopping for A Mobility Scooter To Take On A Plane

There are a few things that you must pay attention to when shopping for either a mobility scooter or wheelchair when boarding a plane.

The first thing you want to consider is portability. A mobility scooter or wheelchair that is lightweight and compact is easy to move around with. It’s also easier to load into the trunk of your car for your to transport it to the airport.

You also want to consider the battery type and capacity. What most of you don’t know is that any electric wheelchair or mobility scooter can be allowed on the plane if it has the right type of battery.

FAA is very clear on the type of batteries allowed on a plane. It must be a non-spillable battery regardless of whether it is a lead-acid or lithium battery. Non-spillable batteries are less hazardous when being transported by air.

That being said, the batteries must be handled and stored properly during transit and must not exceed 300 amp hours. 

Airlines That Allow Mobility Scooters and Wheelchair

The below are some of the top airlines that allow mobility scooters and wheelchairs with non-spillable batteries that comply with the FAA air travel regulations.

Airline

Information Page

Phone number

Aegean Airlines (A3)

Accessibility services

(+32) 275 34710

Aer Lingus (EI)

Accessibility services

1-800-778-4838

Aeroflot (SU)

Accessibility services

+7 (495) 380-35-85

Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR)

Accessibility services

0810 222 86527

Aeromexico (AM)

Accessibility services

1-800-237-6639

AirAsia (AK)

Accessibility services

+61 2 8188 2133

airBaltic (BT)

Accessibility services

+371 6700 6006

Air Belgium (KF)

Accessibility services

+32 10 23 45 00

Air Canada (AC)

Accessibility Services

1-800-667-4732

Air China (CA)

Accessibility services

+1-800-882-8122

Air Europa (UX)

Accessibility services

+1 844 415 39 55

Air France (AF)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 210-6508

Air India (AI)

Accessibility services

+1 888 634 1407

Air Italy (IG)

Accessibility services

+39 0789 52609

Air Malta (KM)

Accessibility services

+356 2166 2211

Air New Zealand (NZ)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 262-1234

Air Tahiti Nui (TN)

Accessibility services

+1 (877) 824-4846

Air Transat (TS)

Accessibility services

+1 514-636-3630

Alaska Airlines (AS)

Accessibility services

1-800-503-0101

American Airlines (AA)

Accessibility services

1-800-237-7976

ANA (NH)

Accessibility services

0120-029-377

Asiana Airlines (OZ)

Accessibility services

+1-800-227-4262

Austrian Airlines (OS)

Accessibility services

+43 5 1766 1000 

Avianca (AV)

Accessibility services

1-800-778-4838

Azul Brazilian Airlines (AD)

Accessibility services

1 (888) 587-3255

Blue Air (0B)

Accessibility services

1 (888) 258-3247

British Airways (BA)

Accessibility services

1-800-778-4838

Brussels Airlines (SN)

Accessibility services

+32 5 333 81 81

Cathay Pacific (CX)

Accessibility services

1 (833) 933-2244

China Airlines (CI)

Accessibility services

1-800-778-4838

China Eastern Airlines (MU)

Accessibility services

1-855-589-5530

China Southern Airlines (CZ)

Accessibility services

+86-4008695539-1-4-2

Condor (DE)

Accessibility services

+49 (0) 6171 6988978

Copa Airlines (CP)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 359-2672

Croatia Airlines (OU)

Accessibility services

+385 1 66 76 555

Czech Airlines (OK)

Accessibility services

+1 (855) 359-2932

Delta Air Lines (DL)

Accessibility services

+1 404-209-3434

EasyJet (U2)

Accessibility services

+44 158 227 7147

EgyptAir (MS)

Accessibility services

+1 (212) 581-5600

Emirates (EK)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 777-3999

Ethiopian Airlines (ET)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 445-2733

Etihad Airways (EY)

Accessibility services

+1 (888) 838-4423

Fiji Airways (FJ)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 227-4446

Finnair (AY)

Accessibility services

+1 (877) 757-7143

Flydubai (FZ)

Accessibility services

+971 600 54 44 45

Frontier Airlines (F9)

Accessibility services

+1 (877) 846-8035

Garuda Indonesia (GA)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 342-7832

GOL Airlines (G3)

Accessibility services

+1 (855) 862-9190

Hawaiian Airlines (HA)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 367-5320

Iberia (IB)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 772-4642

Icelandair (FI)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 223-5500

IndiGo (6E)

Accessibility services

+91 991 038 3838

JAL (JL)

Accessibility services

+81 03 5460 3783

Jet Airways (9W)

Accessibility services

+1 (877) 835-9538

JetBlue Airways (B6)

Accessibility services

+1 (855) 232-5463

Jetstar (JQ)

Accessibility services

+1 (866) 397-8170

Kenya Airways (KQ)

Accessibility services

+1 (866) 536-9224

KLM (KL)

Accessibility services

+1 (844) 797-7723

Korean Air (KE)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 438-5000

LATAM Airlines (LA)

Accessibility services

+1 (866) 435-9526

LOT Polish Airlines (LO)

Accessibility services

+1 (212) 789-0970

Lufthansa (LH)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 645-3880

Luxair (LG)

Accessibility services

+352 2456 1

Malaysia Airlines (MH)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 552-9264

Middle East Airlines (ME)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 491-2741

Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 357-4159

Oman Air (WY)

Accessibility services

+1 (201) 205-2115

Philippine Airlines (PR)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 435-9725

Qantas (QF)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 227-4500

Qatar Airways (QR)

Accessibility services

+1 (877) 777-2827

Royal Air Maroc (AT)

Accessibility services

+212 522 48 97 51

Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ)

Accessibility services

+1 (844) 807-3690

Ryanair (FR)

Accessibility services

+44 871 24 60 003

S7 Airlines (S7)

Accessibility services

+7 495 783-0707

SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 221-2350

Saudia (SV)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 472-8342

Scoot (TR)

Accessibility services

+1 (808) 206-7487

Shenzhen Airlines (ZH)

Accessibility services

+86 755 95361-9

Silver Airways (3M)

Accessibility services

+1 (801) 401-9100

Singapore Airlines (SQ)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 742-3333

South African Airways (SA)

Accessibility services

+27 11 978 2764

Southwest Airlines (WN)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 435-9792

Spirit Airlines (NK)

Accessibility services

+1 (801) 401-2200

SriLankan Airlines (UL)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 497-4270

Sun Country Airlines (SY)

Accessibility services

+1 (651) 905-2774

SWISS (LX)

Accessibility services

+1 (877) 359-7947

TAP Portugal (TP)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 221 7370

TAROM (RO)

Accessibility services

+40 21 9361

Thai Airways (TG)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 426-5204

Turkish Airlines (TK)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 874-8875

United Airlines (UA)

Accessibility services

+1 (800) 228-2744

Vietnam Airlines (VN)

Accessibility services

+1 (416) 927-0275

Virgin Atlantic (VS)

Accessibility services

+1 (888) 747-7474

Virgin Australia (VA)

Accessibility services

+1 (855) 253-8021

Vueling (VY)

Accessibility services

+34 90 280 80 05

WestJet (WS)

Accessibility services

+1 (888) 937-8538

WOW Air (WW)

Accessibility services

1-888-209-3170

XiamenAir (MF)

Accessibility services

+1 (844) 629-5557

Conclusion

I hope your search for the best mobility scooter and wheelchair for air travel has come to an end. If you still aren’t sure what to pick, we recommend the Atto Folding mobility scooter for its extremely lightweight design. Also, it meets all the requirements of the FAA and is accepted by most airlines. If looking for an airline-approved electric wheelchair, we recommend the Model H hybrid wheelchair.

Whichever scooter or wheelchair you pick, always make it a point to contact the airline ahead of time to find out if they accept your mobility device and what other requirements are needed. This will save you the headache of last-minute cancellations and the humiliation of being turned away.

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