Arriving at Ft. Lauderdale airport need assistance walk with a cane. Cannot walk with luggage to designated pick up area. What do I do? Help!!
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Check out this rule enforced by FAA. All US-based Airlines must offer passengers with disabilities wheelchair transportation.
Have you noticed that airports, there are wheelchairs that are stamped with airport and airline names everywher? They are being pushed around by wonderful employees that take care of the elderlies?
All US airports and airlines must provide passengers with disabilities to provide wheelchair transportation to and from their gates.
"Thanks to the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986, all US-based airlines must offer passengers with disabilities wheelchair transportation to and from their gates. Foreign airlines must offer the same service for passengers on flights departing from or flying to the United States. If you have to change planes during your trip, your airline must provide wheelchair assistance for your connection. Regulations vary in other countries, but most major airlines offer some type of wheelchair assistance for their passengers." (Here's the how-to: source)
How to request airlines to provide this service are well covered in the article mentioned above.
Now, you may not actually have a disability but just in need of carrying the luggage. Most airlines will be happy to assist if you simply ask. They have special carts that will take you from gates to most locations on the premises. Good luck!