Broken Foot and flying

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  1. Miss Staunton

    Miss Staunton Silver Member

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    I am flying from TVC to Chicago on UAL for the October Frequent Flyer University so I won't have to keep asking novice questions. I currently am wearing a boot as I have three broken bones and two torn ligaments in my foot/ankle. I checked my outgoing flight and I am in the last row with my boot foot against the window (right foot, right row of plane). That will be very awkward to get into. There is an economy plus seat available and I am hoping that I will get upgraded to that. However, on the return I do not have a seat assigned and the Economy Plus is sold out. What do you think will happen? What should I be prepared for? What should I reasonably ask for if it comes to no available seat? I believe that there might be a later flight but that would mean my driver wouldn't be able to pick me up since he can't drive at night - or is that my problem?
     
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    It goes with out saying that you should check with your ortho before making this trip -- and even though there are no stairs or escalators at TVC you should plan on using a wheel chair to cover distances and preboard.

    If it was my choice, I'd stay home and stare at the Bay !

    DTWBOB
     
  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Do you have elite status with UA? If not, I don't think an ankle boot entitles you to an E+ upgrade. You might find a sympathetic/generous gate agent, but I wouldn't count on it, especially if the flight is full. They do sell these seats, though, so if it was me, I'd pick a seat that's suitable while it's available, even if it costs some extra $$.

    I am not quite sure I understand the driver question. If you choose to fly on a later flight and the driver can't pick you up, that certainly would be your problem (i.e., you'd have to arrange for alternative transportation), not United's.

    I am not a doctor, I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night (despite what Foursquare may think), but I did wear an ankle boot before. And I'd definitely recommend talking to the doc. For me it was rather problematic at times to sit around all day in the office without being able to properly elevate the foot as it was causing swelling and pain. Of course, everyone's injury is different.

    Speedy recovery and safe travels!
     
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    I've flown with a boot before. Be prepared to be searched at security! You might want to arrive early to make that process easier.
     
  5. Miss Staunton

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    Thanks for all your comments. My boot goes from my toes up to my knee. I'm hoping for a sympathetic agent so I can sit either on the left side of the plane or E+. I do not have Elite status, just don't ravel enough to get it.

    Hope I meet some of you in Chicago.
     
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    I can tell you I broke my foot the day before my flight last year and we had 2 gate changes. The GA called a cart for me each time but more able bodied people jumped on cart every time before it got to me. I finally ended up walking to both new gates in IAH. Going out not bad. Upgraded to FCC with foot rests. Coming back in E+ and still couldn't get comfortable. I wish you luck but you will definitely get checked over at security.
     
  7. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    What's the equipment for your flights? I checked for today, and all flights from TVC to ORD are operated by ExpressJet ERJ145s. I've never had the "pleasure" of riding in one of those, but...

    - Seatguru tells me they don't have E+
    - the seat layout is 1-2, so with a "defective" right foot I would try to get the single seat on the LEFT side of the plane, so you can stick your leg into the aisle when no one's passing through the aisle.

    If your flight is operated by different equipment.... never mind ;)
     
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    Isn't that what they give you crutches for, so you can beat sense into those mean people?
     
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    Although it has been about 6 years, we had to fly to IND from PHX with my wife wearing a boot. Grab a SkyCap at the curb. They will escort you thru Security. You will be heavily wanded unless you volunteer to limp through the Scanner. (they won't let the crutches through the scanner. They have to go through the XRay). We were given seats in the first row of coach. And the FA's got a half dozen pillows for mapwife to rest her foot on. The other 4 seats were taken by the extremely elderly. (it is after all Phoenix) Only problem was that they could not get anyone to bring a wheelchair to the jetway at the departure airport. The Pilot finally got one and helped mapwife into it.

    Check with your doctor. Mapwife had to have three shots per day of Blood thinner to keep DVT at bay while flying.
     
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    Perhaps this would be a good time to bring those crutches along? Give you extra support during the travels, plus play the sympathy card much more obviously.
     
  11. Weatherboy

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    Flying with a broken foot was one of my most painful experiences as a frequent flier; I flew about 20-30 times with a broken foot once, including to a then-Continental Do where our own UA Insider pushed me around HQ in a wheelchair.

    Give yourself ample time at the airport to deal with all sorts of nonsense. And don't be afraid to let everyone know you have a broken foot, even if it's obvious with your crutches and/or boot. Have your record flagged with a comment and request handicapped seating, if available. Request wheelchairs and electric carts at every point of your journey: at the ticket counter, at the gate, and with the flight attendant; a few always forget, so the more redundant you are, the better the odds something will show up. It's been my experience that Gate Agents were most accommodating with seat changes/requests. (Although at the time of my injury, I was a CO Platinum...so I was getting upgraded anyway.) My left foot was broken, and I needed more leg-room than the bulkhead typically allowed...so if the Gate Agent couldn't get me into a seat where I'd have a little more room for my bad leg, the Flight Attendants were great at moving people around to accommodate me.

    I've been hustled over and over by wheelchair "agents"; PHL and ORD were the worst, where they'd take you someplace other than where you want to go unless you fork over a generous tip.Some wouldn't even push me around unless I "pre-paid" with a tip. Some were as nasty to demand a $20-40+ "tip"!

    As an able-bodied passenger now, I always have so much compassion when I see a disabled passenger moving around the airport or on a plane --it isn't a fun experience.
     
  12. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Wow! Time for a sting operation. I still have my old boot.
     
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    In PHL, shortly after I broke my foot, I could drive but could only manage about 10 feet on the crutches because my arms were in pain from them. A wheelchair person took me from the gate out to the parking garage, but wheel'd me out to the wrong floor. When I asked to be taken to the right level to my car, they said it'd be $40. Of course they had no visible ID or nametag so I had no choice but to fork over the remaining cash in my wallet to get on my way. While the electric cart drivers were more trustworthy, I still can't trust wheelchair-pushers. After some "practice", I ended up warning the agents up-front "sorry, I have no cash on me for tips". Many agents bailed when they heard that, but a few helped anyway...and of course they were rewarded with a tip from some cash that I "magically found" in my wallet.
     

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