For those with mobility issues, the need for an airport wheelchair is even more pressing. There is no arguing the fact that many of the millions of people passing through airports on a daily basis need some assistance with their mobility. Who, facing a walk through three different terminals at O’Hare, hasn’t wished that all the floors were made up of those mobile strips or that they had someone to push them?
The problem is that with the current standard wheelchair model, this growing need is growing harder to meet. Being obese, arthritic, or spraining an ankle the day before a long-booked trip, doesn’t stop people from needing to travel quickly from one part of the country or the world to another.
Having chairs that wear out rapidly under the kind of use transport chairs receive, or are stolen because they are designed to be conveniently transported by car and/or their occupant, doesn’t eliminate the need of airports to have sufficient airport wheelchairs or the obligation of getting people to the gate on time.
It has only recently been noticed that, while wheelchairs are a boon to those whom need them, more than one type of chair needs to exist. This is not to ignore all the various advances and customizations that have been made to improve the quality of life of those who need them.
But everyone of those chairs, from racing vehicles to ones that can be steered with the breath or that allow the operator to talk by choosing letters through the movement of her eyebrows, are all a single type of chair. They are wheelchairs designed for personal use.