Insider - Talyor Rains
Delta Air Lines subsidiary Delta Flight Products has teamed up with UK-based consortium Air 4 All to protoype a new cabin seat option for wheelchair users.
Currently, powered wheelchair users have to use an airline-provided wheelchair when traversing airports and boarding aircraft. After being transferred from chair to chair and rolled down the jetbridge, they will be transferred one more time into a seat.
Their personal chair is checked by the airline and typically put into the cargo hold, and there have been many instances of carriers damaging and breaking the mobility devices — many of which are worth thousands and specifically tailored to the user.
Because of the risks, Delta and Air 4 All want to squash the current practice with a product that would allow passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) to stay in their chairs for the entire curb-to-curb journey.