I did think of that but I was planning to take my walker instead. I can managee certain distance with that and a stick , but I am prone to over doing the walking on holiday and wanted a wheelchair in reserve in case I do. I am also wary of renting a wheelchair in case it gets damaged in transit. Also, this is the first time in years since the disablility kicked in that we have flown. I feel my poor husband would not be able to handle me, plus walker, plus wheelchair, plus cases. Therefore, I thought having the wheelchair in situ so to speak would be a great help I was also wondering if Thomson could help, although I feel this is beyond their remit. I suppose it could do no harm to ask!!
Dont take the walker as you can always just push the wheelchair for support whilst walking.
By the way we have done this for 3 years and fly 3 times a year and our wheelchair has been fine,but you could always insure the one you hire in case of damage.
I can't help re the specifics of hiring a wheelchair in Italy but you should make Thomson aware of your special assistance needs as soon as you can so that they can make the arrangements. We do this even when I am travelling with my parents because managing wheelchair, luggage for 3 and two irrascible 80 somethings through security can be a big job! Also, it means that you will probably get priority boarding and this gives you time to get to your seat and get settled before others start boarding and needing to get up and down the aisles etc.
The thing is, I have never used a wheelchair before so its all a bit strange and I am not really looking forward to it. But, needs must.
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