Flying with DMD
If you or your loved one with Duchenne uses a power chair, can you fly on an airplane?
Yes, it is possible for an individual who uses a wheelchair or power wheelchair to fly the friendly skies, but there is a lot of preparatory knowledge and work necessary to make the process run smoothly. Proper preparation makes air travel possible, but even so, sometimes individuals and families choose to travel in a vehicle, or even miss an important event, instead.
These steps below should help to facilitate that process:
- Air Carrier Access Act
- Booking a Flight
- Storing and Checking Your Chair
- Checking in and Boarding
- Flying with a Ventilator
- During the Flight
- At Your Destination
- Airline Liability
Thank you to the author of this webpage, Jacob Gapko. Jacob is 45 years old with Duchenne. He uses a power wheelchair and non-invasive ventilation 24/7. He has a BS, an MLIS, and is a specialist. Jacob has an incredible passion for helping our DMD community. He can be reached at Jacob.Gapko@FamilyFriendsAndDuchenne.org