Next month, I’ll be flying to San Diego and flying back with my 91-year old mother. She’s moving into an assisted living facility near me. She’s very cool with the idea, and I’ve got just about all of my ducks in a row WRT her room, furniture, plane tickets, rental car, boarding my FIVE animals, etc., etc.
As I said to my hairdresser yesterday, “What can possibly go wrong?” :dubious:
This will be my mother’s first plane trip. We have a nonstop flight on Southwest. My mother does walk, and can do it without a walker, but to minimize the chance of falling, I’ve [del]nagged[/del] urged her to always use her walker.
I’ve called SWA to reserve a wheelchair just because of the distances. Is there a separate TSA screening queue if the wheelchair is pushed by a porter or other airport personnel? (IOW, can we avoid standing in the Big Long Line?) Is it appropriate to tip whoever pushes the wheelchair? If so, how much? Her driver’s license expired last year, but she still has it. She has a military dependent i.d. card (with picture).
I know SWA has preboarding, so we’ll be able to take advantage of that. We’ll keep the walker with us, and they’ll stow it on the plane as carry-on baggage, right? Will it count as a carry-on bag? SWA lets you have two carry-ons free.
Possibly dumb question: where in the plane should we sit (not the exit row, I know) and should I put her on the aisle (in case she has to get up and also less claustrophobic)?
I’m thinking it’s best if we don’t eat any real breakfast (our flight is around 10 AM) but maybe bring some food bars or something on the plane. I’d rather be hungry than risk stomach upset. She did throw up in the car on a recent long-ish car ride.
She might love the heck out of the whole experience, or she might be reduced to a screaming, panicked maniac. I could slip her 1/4 mg of xanax (I’LL be taking it.)
I put it to the assemblage: how can I head off any problems? Thx.