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Best Mobility Scooters to Take on Airplanes

Note: This blog post was written in 2016 and contains products that are discontinued, make sure to visit our website’s home page to see our most up-to-date selection of mobility products.

If you are someone who travels a lot but has trouble standing and walking for long periods of time, a mobility scooter would be a great recommendation to own and have readily available for those traveling purposes, but in the case of getting onto a plane one may ask what are the best mobility scooters to take on airplanes? With such a large variety of mobility available online, trying to find out what the best handicap mobility scooters to take on planes are could be a difficult task. Keep in mind that commercial airlines do not allow scooters in the actual plane, but you can use your scooter all the way up to the boarding gate. At the boarding gate, an airline representative will check your scooter for you and place it in a medical transportation storage area. If you want to ride your scooter in an actual plane and sit in your scooter while in flight, you will need to fly in a private airline in most cases. Below are some helpful links from various commercial airlines related to mobility scooters and power chairs.

 

We’ve decided to create an article going over the most suitable mobility scooters to bring on planes and some important details to pay attention to before you just go and purchase just any mobility scooter. Remember you always want to review whatever models you may be interested in and verify a few things. Below I will go over all the details you need to look for when trying to find the most reliable mobility scooters to take on planes and also some great models that we highly recommend.

Things To Look For When Shopping For A Scooter To Take On A Plane

When shopping for the best mobility scooters to take on airplanes there are a lot of things to consider. Things such as the type of batteries used, the portability or weight and size are very important to review when shopping online for the best mobility scooter to bring on airplanes.

Something to pay attention to is the portability of the mobility scooter your interested in. Obviously, you don’t want to purchase a mobility scooter that has a larger frame. You want to look for something that is a smaller size or capable of being broken down into a few pieces. Being able to do so, you will aim more towards lightweight mobility scooters such as travel size or folding mobility scooters. These type of mobility scooters are normally between 50 to 100 lbs making them easy to pick up and store away when traveling on a plane.

Lastly, if you get a mobility scooter that is meant for traveling you may want to consider a 3 wheel mobility scooter since they offer a superior turning radius and are able to take turns more efficiently. With a 4 wheel mobility scooter, you get better overall stability but the turning radius is not as good. Keep that in mind when shopping for a mobility scooter in general.

The Best Mobility Scooters That You Can Take On Airplanes

This part of the article I will go over what we here at Mobility Scooters Direct consider the best mobility scooters to take on airplanes. The mobility scooters that will be referred to in this article are placed in no particular order. These are the best mobility scooters you can take on a plane.

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The Transformer Scooter

The Transformer Mobility Scooter is by far the most popular model that we carry due to the fact that it can automatically fold with the push of a button. This 4 wheel mobility scooter can go up to 3.7 MPH and travels up to 13.7 miles on a full charge which is enough to spend the entire day at a theme park. The Transformer scooter only weighs 53 lbs and has a maximum capacity rating of 300 lbs and is very stable because of the fact that it is a 4 wheel model.  The Transformer works with a Lithium battery and has an optional travel charger docking station if you want to decide to buy a spare battery for the transformer scooter which you want to keep charged. The only drawback to the transformer scooter that we notice is the turning radius which is 55 inches. With a 55″ turning radius, you may need to perform a 3 point turn to make sharp turns in narrow spaces.

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The Luggie Classic

The Luggie Classic by FreeRider is an excellent folding mobility scooter that is very easy to transport. Going up to a maximum speed of 4 mph, The Luggie Classic is very smooth around sharp turns. Equipped with 6′ and 7′ Solid Tires, The FreeRider Luggie Classic is a 4 wheel mobility scooter that performs great on mostly all terrains when out traveling and comes with 12v 12Ah batteries to allow up to 10 miles of travel time before another full charge will be needed. Holding a maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs, The Luggie Classic can sustain quite a bit while only weighing just about 70 lbs. This lightweight folding mobility scooter simply folds up like a suitcase for easy portability and transport so it is one of the best mobility scooters available to take on planes!

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The Go Go Sport

The Go-Go Sport 4 Wheel by Pride Mobility is an excellent travel mobility scooter that is very easy to transport. Going up to a maximum speed of 4 mph, The Go-Go Sport 4 Wheel is a very smooth mobility scooter that has a sharp turning radius of 50″. Equipped with 9″ Solid Tires, The Go Go Sport 4 Wheel by Pride Mobility is great on mostly all terrains when out traveling and comes with 12v 18Ah batteries to allow up to 12.7 miles of travel time before a charge is needed. Holding a maximum weight capacity of 325 lbs, Pride’s GoGo Sport can sustain quite a bit while only weighing just about 128 lbs. This lightweight travel mobility scooter can be broken down for easy storage so it is a great choice to take on a plane! To view the full line of Go Go scooters by Pride click here.

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The TranSport

The TranSport by EV Rider is another unique folding mobility scooter that’s great for transporting on planes. Going up to a maximum speed of 4 mph, The TranSport is one of the best folding mobility scooters turning at a radius of 32″ it is one of the best 4 wheel mobility scooters on turns. Designed with 7″ and 8″ Solid Tires, The TranSport is a folding mobility scooter that performs great on smooth or rugged terrains when out traveling and comes with 12v 12Ah batteries to allow up to 10 miles of travel time before another full charge will be needed. There is also an option for lithium batteries but you will want to avoid bringing lithium batteries on a flight. The TranSport by EV Rider holds a maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs and can sustain quite a bit while only weighing just about 70 lbs. This lightweight folding mobility scooter simply folds up like a suitcase and rolls away with a handle for easy portability and transport so it is one of the best mobility scooters available to take on planes!

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The SpitFire Deluxe

The SpitFire Scout DLX 4 Wheel by Drive Medical is another great travel mobility scooter that is very easy to transport. With a maximum speed of 4.25 mph, The SpitFire Scout DLX 4 Wheel is a very smooth mobility scooter that performs well in crowded areas turning at a radius of 53″. Equipped with four 8″ Solid Tires, The SpitFire Scout DLX is great on a variety of different terrains ranging from solid smooth surfaces to grass while out traveling and comes with 12v 12Ah batteries to allow up to 9 miles of travel time between each full charge. Holding a maximum weight capacity of 300 lbs, Drive Medicals SpitFire Scout DLX 4 Wheel Mobility Scooter can hold and sustain quite a bit while only weighing 94 lbs. This lightweight travel mobility scooter can be broken down for easy storage making it great to store in the trunk of a vehicle or to take on a plane!

Which Will You Choose To Take On Your Plane Ride

Now that you know which models are the most preferred to take on airplanes are you ready to choose a model of your own? No matter which one you choose, you’ll be satisfied with the outcome of whichever model you decide to bring on board to travel with. Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

UPDATE: There are many new airplane-friendly scooters that we carry now such as the Drive Zoome Flex scooter. Click on the travel or folding mobility scooter links at the top of the page in the drop-down menu under “Mobility Scooters” to view all of the latest models.