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Six | Request pre-boarding assistance at the gate, meaning you get to board first. This way, you can take the additional time to get settled in. I usually ask a fellow passenger to help me with stowing any cabin baggage. In 20 years of travel experience, I have only twice encountered crew members (non-U.S. female) who have refused to do so. I then simply had to point and show to explain why I couldn’t do so myself. Seven | Before boarding, you can also ask an attendant to give you a seat next to an empty one if available. I find it easier to get organized with some extra room, especially when I travel with my child. Eight | Ask flight attendants to serve beverages to you in small bottles versus open glasses. Closed lid bottles are easier to handle and reduce spilling possibilities. Consider carrying such empty bottles when flying. On longer flights, I carry my own sandwiches or rolls, which are easy to hold and eat. Nine | During longer flights, consider simple stretching exercises to keep your blood flow going. Ten | When the landing announcement is made, remind the flight attendant if you have requested special assistance, especially for international multihop flights. For getting the cabin baggage down, there are usually many able bodied folks around happy to help. Contact the Amputee Coalition at 888/267-5669 or amputee-coalition.org 31 “Here are some tips for those who have the courage to brave air travel.” >>> Have travel stories or tips to share? Visit my blog at harleengupt.com/blog.


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