I normally have a walker when I preboard. This year I can no longer walk long listances, which are currently defined as more than about 20 feet! So, I currently can’t walk to the back of a plane! I have however seen SWA announce and enforce only one companion, with the exception of when there are three toddlers! Returning from Florida, last September, the number of wheelchair request to the final destination was 22! There weren’t that many when we boarded because they were actually out of wheelchairs at the boarding gate. While i too have wondered about some of those boardig early, I can tell you that hidden disabilities are real. An, as seats get closer and closer some become more obvious. We do wait to see my walker brought to the jetway before exiting. But, there is also a problem that there are wheelchair requests that are first come first served and there aren’t enough for those requested. Please consider too that distances vary to gates and someone may not be able to walk to a gate in Atlanta, but can easily walk to a gate in Ft Lauderdale! I’m looking forward to being ale to walk the length of a jetway again, but so far there seems to be no solution to my new disability.
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