Airline Information

AIRLINE INFORMATION

What size lithium battery can I travel with?

Your lithium battery must be less than 300Wh capacity to travel on most airlines. This is actually the capacity of many mobility scooter and wheelchair lithium batteries, so generally speaking, your scooter should be within the regulatory limits, especially if it is a compact folding model of electric mobility scooter or electric wheelchair. Some airlines and regions have a smaller limit of only 160Wh, China for example. So it’s well worth checking with your travel provider and for the region of your intended travel before setting off.

Below is some information from a few airlines that we have found but please note this could be subject to change over time and so we do always advise you to check with your airline before you travel

Easy Jets Wheelchair and Mobility Equipment Policy

https://www.easyjet.com/en/terms-and-conditions/passengers-with-specific-requirements

Wheelchairs and Mobility Equipment Wheelchairs and mobility that cannot be lifted manually into the aircraft hold will only be accepted for travel if both airports can provide the facilities to load / unload the device. Please note that some airports may not have sufficient equipment for lifting heavy wheelchairs and mobility aids. Notifying Us 48 hours prior to Your departure will enable Us to establish this and use reasonable efforts to accommodate Your needs. Two items of mobility equipment (eg: wheelchairs, mobility aids) per passenger will be carried free of charge in addition to a Passenger’s Hold Baggage allowance. Sporting wheelchairs may be included in this allowance.  However, any sporting wheelchair(s) carried in addition to the two items of mobility equipment per passenger allowed will be treated as “Sports Equipment” (see Article 20.4 (Baggage, Hold Baggage) and Article 20.6 (Baggage, Sports Equipment) and the applicable fee will be charged.

Wheelchairs that are powered by sealed, non-spillable types of battery are acceptable for carriage on easyJet aircraft. easyJet will not carry wheelchairs with un-sealed, spillable batteries.

Wheelchair assistance can be provided at the airport for passengers who require assistance (including passengers who use wheelchairs, passengers who cannot walk unaided, passengers who are unable to climb the aircraft steps, or passengers who cannot walk long distances). You should inform easyJet at the time of making a Booking, and no less than 48 hours before Your scheduled departure time, to arrange this service. Additional seat requirement

Our minimum seat dimensions are as follows:

 

  • Pitch (distance between back of seat and back of seat in front): 29" (approx. 72.5cm) 
  • Width (distance between armrests): 17 ½ " (approx. 44cm) 
If you are unable to fit into a single seat with the above dimensions for any reason (including medical requirements e.g. a broken leg) You will be required to purchase additional seats at the prevailing rates to accommodate Your needs.

 

Ryanair - Electric Wheelchairs & Mobility Scooters

https://help.ryanair.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360017683097-Electric-Wheelchairs-Mobility-scooters

You will need to notify us in advance with the following details: make weight battery type size dimensions including the lowest collapsed height of the wheelchair

 

  • Make
  • Weight
  • Battery Type
  • Size dimensions including the lowest collapsed height of the wheelchair
Due to space limitations, we can only accept two Electric Wheelchairs or Mobility Scooters per flight, so we recommend adding equipment at the time of booking Passengers are asked to bring the operation instructions to the airport. For safety reasons, electric wheelchairs/mobility scooter must comply with the following to be accepted for carriage.

 

Dimensions

 

  • The dimensions of the wheelchair when collapsed must not exceed 81cms (height), 119cms (width) and 119cms (depth).
  • Wheelchairs/Mobility Scooters weighing more than 150kg require pre- authorization and will not be accepted for carriage without this
Batteries
  • The battery power must be isolated and exposed terminals protected from short circuiting, to protect the wheelchair/mobility aid from inadvertent activation, please remove the key, deactivate using the joystick or deactivate using an isolation switch or buttons, or other isolation mechanism (such as Anderson Connector or Airsafe plug ).
  • We only accept dry/gel cell or lithium-ion (wheelchair) batteries (lithium-ion batteries cannot exceed a total of 300 watts) for a device that is powered by two batteries, each battery must not exceed 160wh.
  • Customers can carry a maximum of two spare lithium ion batteries in carry-on baggage and these must be individually protected to prevent short circuits. Battery terminals must be either recessed or packaged so as to prevent contact with metal objects including terminals of other batteries.