Disabled air travellers can benefit from a new video guide to help settle any nerves or queries about flying with a disability, following the launch of new film Your Guide to Flying with a Disability by the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.

Focussing on travellers in powered wheelchairs, the film outlines every stage of the process, from the required preparation, check-in, security, boarding, in-flight and landing, as well as highlighting the assistance available. Created in conjunction with the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the industry, it is hoped the video will help build confidence among disabled people when flying and is a direct response to reports concluding three million requests are made for assistance for disabled air travellers at UK airports – requests that are increasing at almost double the rate of general passenger growth.

QEF’s Accessible Aviation expert, Graham Race said: “Our QEF Tryb4uFly service has already proven invaluable to many disabled people that have been anxious about taking a flight, but there has been a significant increase in demand for information. British Airways have already confirmed that they will make the film available to all disabled air travellers who book wheelchair assistance.

“The film shows a complete journey by air and offers advice at each stage. It provides much needed information and assurance to the thousands of disabled people and their families who currently feel that air travel is not an option for them.”

Watch ‘Your Guide to Flying with a Disability’ at www.qef.org.uk/accessibleaviation.

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