Ray in North Carolina
I thought I would drop you a note to let you know how well my "Luggie" went on our recent overseas trip.
Initially I sought permission from Qantas for "Luggie" to travel from Melbourne to New York . I was referred to their Dangerous Goods Department due to the Lithium Batteries and permission was granted for these to travel in the cabin. American Airlines also recognised the Qantas assessment on a subsequent trip from New York to Raleigh North Carolina.
On arrival at Melbourne Airport it was a breeze to check in and then ride the scooter through all the security stations right up to the door of the aircraft. The security officers were impressed by my “oversized skate board”. I then disassembled Luggie and took the batteries with me into the cabin and left the engineers to stow the now very light Luggie with the rest of the luggage in the hold.
Arriving in Los Angeles Luggie was presented to me at the gate and I rode it through all of the Customs and Immigration Stations. I then boarded the flight to New York and gave Luggie back to the airline staff in the same way as when I left Melbourne.
I have gone into this detail for the benefit of other Luggie owners as there was debate when boarding as to whether I could access it while in transit in Los Angeles.
New York was a highlight particularly riding Luggie through Central Park on a warm autumn Sunday. We then drove through North and South Carolina and Luggie was always in the car and assisting my mobility and independence . It was so easy to load it into cars, to go to restaurants, for sightseeing and shopping. I was amazed at the positive response to it from so many people during the trip who would stop and ask me where I got such a "cool" scooter.
Our final part of the trip was a cruise from Charlotte North Carolina, down through the Caribbean Sea to Columbia then through the Panama Canal to Mexico and ending in Los Angeles. It was funny to watch the waiters onboard ship decide whose turn it was to park and then return Luggie to me at the dining table. I used Luggie to get around on the ship. On-shore excursions, even when the transfer from the ship to shore was via Tenders, it was easily lifted aboard.
There was only one occasion during the whole trip that Luggie was not able to be used. Arriving in Mexico we had booked a tour to San Sebastian, a small original C16th mining village high in the mountains. The narrow streets of San Sebastian where made of large river stones laid like cobble stones. If the road had have been in reasonable condition I might have been able to navigate these streets however they were poorly repaired and it was obvious that Luggie would not cope with the challenge. The problem was overcome with the help of some of the locals and a lift in their car.
I can fully endorse Luggie as a scooter for those with mobility issues who want to travel overseas.