This is a pretty accurate look at the basic ins and outs of flying with a wheelchair from the New York Times: Flying Tips for Wheelchair Users, From Wheelchair Users. It’s straightforward about the difficulties, the gotchas, the amount of extra time that wheelchair users have to spend planning airplane travel, and about the very real possibility of equipment damage.
People often say that traveling is all about the journey and not the destination, but for wheelchair users, navigating air travel is often more of an adventure than they would like.
Rolling through large crowded airports, hauling luggage, waiting in long lines, receiving a pat down, being strapped into a tiny aisle chair and then sitting for hours unable to move is exhausting. We’ve learned that the best way to circumvent some of the inevitable issues is to know what to expect, and prepare accordingly.