I wish they would assign seats also. We gladly pay extra on other airlines for better seats, if available. Several years ago my mother and I were in Europe, she was in her late 70s and had a bad hip. I requested a wheelchair for her because I was having a difficult time navigating Heathrow Airport, taking care of our bags and having to stop several times so she could rest her hip. She was so angry at me because she was embarrassed and said she did not need one (which she did). It has not been an issue with her since and she always gives a great tip. Now I am in my mid-70s and am flying alone for the first time in years. I have health issues, including heart problems which require me to have a monitor implanted in my chest, I take cancer medication which causes me to have severe vertigo on accasion. I have request a wheelchair at the Tampa airport because of these issues but am reluctant to take advantage of this service because, I look fine, and don't want anyone to think I am trying to take advantage.
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