Can You Take a Mobility Scooter on a Plane?

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Can You Take a Mobility Scooter on a Plane?

Short answer? Yes, but don’t stop reading just yet.

Long answer? It takes a little more preparation and coordination with your airline.

With travel season fast approaching, now’s a good time to understand how to get your mobility scooter to your destination by the rules and in one piece.

The Federal Aviation Administration and your airline have their own sets of rules and recommendations. You’ll need to follow both if you want to make your flight, any connections and arrive at your destination.

Let’s break them down together.

What are the federal rules for traveling with a mobility scooter?

All airlines must follow these, so it makes sense to start here. There are a few of them so it’s helpful to break them down into a list. They all concern safely transporting batteries and electronics, which can be dangerous if done incorrectly.

You’ll probably have to check your scooter

Unless it’s collapsible and uses lithium ion batteries — an option on the Go Go Folding Scooter 4-Wheel and standard on the iRide — you must check your mobility device so the baggage handlers can stow it in the cargo hold. Most battery types are allowed aboard the plane, so long as they pass safety checks.

You can take a backup battery, but it might be a hassle

You can take one spare battery with you, but that must go in your carry-on. For lithium ion batteries, you can take up to two as long as each does not exceed 160 watt hours.

The airline prefers to keep your batteries installed and connected

The crew will inspect your batteries and electrical connections to make sure they’re safe. If so, you won’t need to disconnect the batteries.

Your scooter also must have some safeguard against accidental activation. That’s no problem for most devices, which require a key to start. Scooters with an on/off switch, like iRide, are also acceptable.

Trivia: Did you know federal law requires the pilot to know, before departing, that your mobility scooter is on board and where it’s located?

What are my airline’s rules for traveling with a mobility scooter?

Most airlines let passengers take their mobility devices at no extra charge. They don’t count them toward luggage allowance either.

All airlines follow FAA rules, but some have their own preferences or requests. For example, they may ask you to fill out a form.

You’ll likely have to take removable parts into the cabin with you

If your scooter has extra pieces like cushions or a phone holder, be prepared to pop them off and take them with you. Our advice: plan ahead and bring a backpack that easily fits any removable accessories.

The crew may need to disassemble your scooter

Worst case scenario, your mobility device doesn’t fit into the baggage hold door. If this happens, the crew won’t leave it behind. Instead, they’ll take it apart. The best way to ensure you get it all back in one piece is to give disassembly instructions. If you’re traveling with basically any scooter from the Go Go lineup, your step-by-step list should be pretty short thanks to Pride’s exclusive feather touch disassembly system!

Save time, call ahead

Let your airline know at least 48 hours in advance that you’re bringing a scooter and have the dimensions handy.

Most don’t require this, but it helps to ease the boarding process with a little preparation. 

Individual Airline Rules for Traveling with Mobility Scooters
American Airlines
Delta Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Spirit Airlines
United Airlines

Traveling by plane with a mobility scooter is absolutely possible and even enjoyable with the right level of planning.

Preparation could be the difference between sipping cocktails in the terminal restaurant before departure or scrambling to pack up your mobility device at the gate.

Which one sounds more relaxing to you?

Published by Pride Mobility

Welcome to Pride Mobility! We are a leading manufacturer of mobility products, including power chairs, scooters, lift chairs, and more. Our goal is to help people with mobility challenges live their best lives by providing innovative, high-quality, and reliable products that enhance their independence and comfort. Our company was founded in 1986 with a mission to improve the quality of life for people with mobility limitations. Since then, we have grown to become a global leader in the industry, with a wide range of products designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with varying levels of mobility. At Pride Mobility, we are committed to delivering exceptional customer service and support. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals is dedicated to helping our customers find the right products to meet their specific needs, and we are always here to answer any questions or concerns. We take pride in our products and stand behind them with a comprehensive warranty and service program. Whether you are looking for a power chair to help you navigate your home or a scooter to explore the outdoors, you can trust Pride Mobility to provide the quality, comfort, and reliability you deserve. Thank you for choosing Pride Mobility as your partner in mobility. We look forward to helping you live your best life!

10 thoughts on “Can You Take a Mobility Scooter on a Plane?

  1. I bought a scooter and it worked fine for awhile, then it wasn’t holding a charge, so company said I needed new those and its the same, and they say it has to be looked at by a specialist and there’s none around me, so I would have to pay $300 per hr to get it checked, then buy the part and pay more for them to come back out to install it. Next time I will go local to buy one, thought pride stood behind there product, very disappointed customer.

    1. Hi Karen, we’re so sorry to hear that you are not satisfied with your scooter. We’d be more than happy to try and do our best to help. Please feel free to give us a call or email us at with your serial number. It will start with an “S” and be 14 characters long.

    1. Hi Tamara! We don’t currently offer a case for the Go Go Elite Traveller but we really appreciate your feedback. And we’ll be sure to let you know if anything changes in the near future.

  2. I’m flying to Amsterdam in June on KLM airlines and I have a Pride GoGo Elite Traveler with a 12v battery. Do you know KLM’s rules for scooters and lead acid batteries? I’ve flown in the US on Delta with my scooter with no problem 3 years ago, but couldn’t find KLM’s rules!

    1. Hi Karen!

      Thank you so much for reaching out, you may want to contact the airline you’re flying with directly and have some product information on hand that you can send them if they ask. Here are some resources that may help:

      Specification Sheet:
      Owner’s manual:

  3. I purchased a Pride Go Go Endurance scooter with an upgraded lithium 16AH battery. Can I travel on an airplane with this scooter? If no, why not?

    1. Hello Azad! Thank you for reaching out to us. The 8 Ah battery is the airline compliant version, the 16Ah Maxx battery does not meet airline requirements. For further assistance please feel free to reach out to We look forward to offering any insight and help we can.

  4. WE are flying on Austrian Airlines and they are asking for a certificate for air travel from Pride
    I have an CS336

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