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ilovesprouts Tue 26-Apr-16 14:32:59

Me & my other half and my son flying to Spain in August can we get any help at the airport getting on the plane ,also I may need wheelchair as can't walk far due to spinal Injurys any tips please X

ilovesprouts Tue 26-Apr-16 14:33:34

My son has SN and non verbal.

zzzzz Tue 26-Apr-16 16:13:11

Yes email airline and airport and ask them what they can do to help.

JsOtherHalf Tue 26-Apr-16 16:55:11

What airport are you considering flying from?

What airline ?

ilovesprouts Tue 26-Apr-16 17:47:12

Manchester flying with tompson .

mummytime Tue 26-Apr-16 18:11:15

Manchester airport is supposed to be very good. I would contact the airport as well as the airline, you can be escorted through the airport in one of their wheelchairs, and it should make security etc. Much easier.

JsOtherHalf Tue 26-Apr-16 18:31:29

Some nice picture books on this link to show your child what it will be like:

What age is your child?

JsOtherHalf Tue 26-Apr-16 18:41:14

You can pay for a private assessment of all the seating options etc for someone with a disability at Leeds Bradford airport:

ilovesprouts Tue 26-Apr-16 20:20:26

My son is 9.

JsOtherHalf Tue 26-Apr-16 20:40:30

Can he sit upright by himself?

zzzzz Tue 26-Apr-16 20:43:30

What are your biggest worries?

vjg13 Wed 27-Apr-16 08:18:51

We have always been allowed to board first after speaking to staff at the gate. Queues can be long at security but staff are helpful when you go through.

You should be able to book assistance for the whole process as soon as you arrive, through check in, security and to the gate and onto the plane.

ilovesprouts Sun 01-May-16 20:16:20

He can sit up etc he's just non verbal just worried if he kicks off on the planes as you know what some ppl can be like .

JsOtherHalf Mon 02-May-16 09:26:59

Check with your airline if they supply harnesses?

This Thomson's welfare team telephone number + 44 203 451 2585

zzzzz Mon 02-May-16 09:36:27

It'll be fine. We have travelled with a similar young man and everyone has been ok. No more difficult than going in to town really.

If he does have a wobble people will have to put up with it. He is part of the general public and they have paid to share their flight with anyone. If they don't like that they can drive or hire a private plane.

Chin up, you will do fine.

Youarentkiddingme Mon 02-May-16 19:09:25

I contacted airline carrier last year when flying with DS. We got priority boarding including use of priority boarding check in. I just explained DS needs and asked if there was any reasonable adjustments they could make to meet these.

You'll be fine though. Ds and I are flying to Spain (Balearics) again in August.

theDudesmummy Sat 07-May-16 14:33:58

We have flown plenty with DS (age 6, non verbal). Airlines have all been very helpful. We get on the plane last and get off first, and come prepared with a big bag of his favourite snacks and an ipad with some new apps on it. I also give him an antihistamine just before we get on, which makes him slightly sleepy.

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