Definition of Reduced Mobility
Mobility impairment defines to a person’s inability to use one or more of his/her extremities, or the inability to walk a short distance, to understand a subject, or to lift an object. The use of a wheelchair, crutches, or a walker can be used to assist their movement. Mobility impairment can be caused by a variety of factors, such as disease, an accident or congenital disorder, or a neuro-muscular and orthopedic impairments.
A person with reduced mobility (PRM) means to any person whose mobility is reduced due to his/her physical incapacity.
Those who have weak strength, speed, stamina, coordination, manual skills – will need alternative methods to access to academic tasks such as reading, writing, note taking, test taking, and computing.
For those who are too weak for movement and control of the limbs – alternative methods of access to educational tasks may be needed.
People with impaired mobility may use tools or aids for movement, such as wheelchairs, walker, crutches, splints, and communication equipments. The use of these tools or aids makes it easy to access all environments.
What is a passenger with restricted mobility?
Monarch, a British low-cost airline is based on Luton Airport. A traveler with a restricted ‘movement’ as defined by this airline may be:
A Buggy or a wheelchair must be provided to assist those who can’t walk long distances at the airport.
A buggy or wheelchair should be offered to take passengers with restricted mobility up to the stairs of the aircraft, where then a lift on/off the aircraft should be available by applying of an ambilift.
Its completely immobile. A buggy or wheelchair must be provided to take passengers up the steps of aircraft, where then using an ambilift to turn the aircraft on/off.
Many airports have fundamentally different definitions of systematic classification of person with reduced mobilities among themselves. But these three types are often considered by most travelers to be the most effective for the person with reduced mobilities as they can provide an airport or airline-ordered response plan.
If a disabled person or a person with a mobility impaired is assisted by an accompanying person, this person must, if requested at the airport embarking or disembarking, the assistance should be provided.
A European law that came into effect in July 2008 upholds the rights of the disabled persons and those with less mobility while traveling by air. This law mandates the provision of high quality and practical assistance to the disabled persons.