Traveling can be a pain for everyone, but flyers who use wheelchairs face another level of obstacles, from a lack of bathroom accessibility, to potential injuries while boarding the plane, to the possibility of damaging expensive – and essential – equipment. That last point spurred an effort to create a seat design that allows wheelchair users to remain in their own chair on the plane. The new design was a collaboration between Delta Flight Products and the U.K.-based consortium Air4All. The innovative seat folds up, allowing passengers with limited mobility to remain securely in their own powered wheelchairs for the duration of the flight, while still maintaining access to the headrest and console table. “This patented design offers new possibilities for customers in wheelchairs to enjoy a travel experience they truly deserve,” said Rick Salanitri, the president of Delta Flight Products.

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