SmartScoot Foldable Lightweight Electric Mobility Scooter
SmartScoot Airline Travel Guidelines
Can you bring a scooter on a plane?
Yes! SmartScoot™ complies with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for traveling with mobility scooters and lithium-ion batteries. The FAA’s new interim rule on batteries is geared specifically to large shipments of lithium-ion batteries. It does not affect individuals’ ability to carry lithium-ion devices on flights or your ability to travel with your SmartScoot mobile scooter. Click here to learn more about this new FAA regulation and the reasoning behind it.
SmartScoot uses a lithium-ion battery rated at 288 watt-hours and containing less than 25 grams equivalent lithium content. Click the links here for the MSDS Report and UN38.3 Lithium Battery Test Report. You can download the SmartScoot™ battery compliance certificate here to take it with you on your next flight.
Ask the agent at the gate for a gate check tag and ride SmartScoot™ to the end of the jetway. Before boarding the airplane, fold down the steering column, secure it with the velcro strap, remove the battery, and then take the battery and accessories with you onto the airplane. When you deplane, your electric scooter will be waiting for you right outside the door of the airplane. So, next time someone asks you, “Can you bring an electric scooter on a plane?” tell them yes! It’s easy with SmartScoot™.
Airline approved mobility scooters
With other mobility scooter brands, have to also consider the availability of necessary mobile scooter parts or accessories. Some mobility scooters have basic parts that you must buy as ‘extra accessories’. Worse, they don’t have accessories available at all!
The SmartScoot™ lightweight mobility scooter has two folding options, three speeds, rear-wheel settings, and lighter mobility scooter pieces than other brands. With a speed range of 3 to 7 mph, SmartScoot™ provides a wide range of speeds to choose from. SmartScoot™ uses a 5 lb lithium-ion battery that can travel up to 12 miles, all while complying with FAA regulations for air travel.
Flexible specs allow for speed and ease
The SmartScoot™ also allows for adjustments to numerous parts for the comfort of the rider. The seat height, backrest, steering column, and wheel width are all adjustable. SmartScoot™ can fold for quick storage, allowing storage quickly in a trunk or other small space. You can remove the seat and the battery or just the seat. The SmartScoot™ lightweight mobile scooter weighs slightly less than 40 pounds when fully assembled. Its heaviest piece is 27 pounds, so it’s up to you how far you want to fold.
It’s also important to consider safety features when choosing an electric scooter. The third wheel allows for more stability and the front-wheel motor doesn’t have any belts or exposed parts, which improves steering. In addition, front disk brakes ensure strong stopping ability on wet surfaces and declines. The SmartScoot™ lightweight mobility scooter also comes with safety instructions and minimum requirements for healthy traits and abilities, such as good vision, strength, coordination, balance, and concentration.
Where can mobility scooters go?
Choosing the right airline-approved electric scooters means you can go almost anywhere! You may like flying to exotic destinations or taking a relaxing cruise. You don’t have to let mobility difficulties repress your desire to see the world! SmartScoot™ mobile scooters are designed with travel in mind.
SmartScoot™ electric scooters meet all FAA regulations for air travel with mobility scooters and even comes with a power scooter battery compliance certificate to show to airline officials for a smooth travel experience.
When you are flying or cruising, the width and storage size of a power scooter becomes more important than at home. SmartScoot™ is foldable, allowing for easy storage in a cruise cabin with limited space. Another concern when taking mobile scooters on a cruise is width. It is important you know the maximum width of the electric scooter you choose to purchase and ensure it can pass through the entryways of the ship you prefer to travel on.
Mobility Scooters on United Airlines
United Airlines allows all types of airline approved mobility scooters, including folding, collapsible ones like SmartScoot™. Weighing only 40 pounds when fully assembled, the SmartScoot™ mobile scooter breaks down into smaller, lightweight parts. Airline ground staff will need to check the rating to approve the battery for travel. Not a problem, since all lithium-ion batteries made after Jan 1, 2009, must be marked with a watt-hour rating.
United also requires batteries from collapsible mobility devices to be removed, which is very easy to do. To remove the electric scooter’s 5-pound battery, just slide the battery holder latch and disconnect the battery cord. Carefully slide up the battery pack and remove it.
You can take the battery with you on the airplane but request a gate check tag to leave the SmartScoot™ mobility scooter at the end of the jetway. Your electric scooter will be waiting for you outside the aircraft doors when you land.
Mobility Scooters on DELTA
Delta staff will need to check the rating to approve the battery for travel: “Battery must be able to be visually inspected and disconnected.” Not a problem, since lithium-ion batteries made after Jan 1, 2009, must be marked with a watt-hour rating.
SmartScoot™ travel scooters have a battery that is also easily removed and airline approved. Just slide the battery holder latch and disconnect the battery cord to remove the battery. Carefully slide up the battery pack and remove it. You can take the battery with you on the plane but request a gate check tag to leave the SmartScoot™ mobility scooter at the end of the jetway. Your electric scooter will be waiting for you outside the aircraft doors when you land.
Delta agents and attendants are also “available to help passengers before boarding, in the air, and at the destination airport.” To request special assistance, call 404-209-3434. For help with your mobility device, complete Delta’s online handling form.
Mobility Scooters on British Airways
British Airways asks passengers to remove the battery from their travel scooters and take it on board. “Protect the removed batteries from short circuit by covering exposed terminals with electrical tape. In order to protect them from damage, place batteries individually in a protective pouch and take them with you as hand baggage.”
The SmartScoot™ scooter battery is easily removed. Just slide the battery holder latch and disconnect the battery cord. Carefully slide up the battery pack and remove it. The SmartScoot™ can ride to the end of the jetway, where it is easily collapsed and left for baggage handlers to store in the cargo hold. Your electric scooter will be returned at the end of the flight “as close to the aircraft door as possible,” the airline says.
To store travel scooters properly, British Airways needs information about the device, including dimensions, weight, type of battery, and instructions for preventing inadvertent operation. “We will always try to place your mobility aid in containers to keep them safe.” The airline can accommodate SmartScoot™ electric scooters on its flights to and from the UK and Europe, either fully assembled or folded without the seat.
If you need additional help, let British Airways know at least two days before departure. Tell your airline you’ll be traveling with a mobility scooter. If you book online, click the Disability Assistance link in the Service Requests section of your booking.
Airline Mobility Scooter Information:
We collected airline links and information provided by the FAA containing guidance on traveling with mobility scooters and lithium-ion batteries. As you can see, you should be able to take your SmartScoot ™ mobile scooter on your next flight! If you need more information, please click on your chosen airline below:
American Airlines: SmartScoot™ is on American Airline’s list of approved mobility aids.
Delta Airlines (click “Wheelchair Services” and then “Personal Wheelchair Services”)
FAA guidance (scroll down to (17) A wheelchair or other mobility aid equipped with a lithium-ion battery, when carried as checked baggage)
Code of Federal Regulations requirements for airlines
Smart Scoot Videos
SmartScoot™ battery compliance certificate
SmartScoot™ is a foldable, lightweight, electric mobility scooter. It’s perfect for the elderly, the disabled, or anyone who leads an active lifestyle but needs help getting around. Our lightweight, folding mobility scooters are easy to use, transport, and store. Weighing only 40 pounds when fully assembled, SmartScoot™ mobility scooters can break down into smaller, ultra lightweight parts. Because of this, it comfortably fits into almost any vehicle’s trunk! In addition, With up to 12 miles of battery range in a single charge of its lithium-ion battery, your SmartScoot™ folding mobility scooter will never leave you in a bind.
Every SmartScoot™ purchase includes the scooter, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, battery charger, removable front basket, luggage rack and LED handlebar light!
- Airline and Cruise Approved Travel Scooter with rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Up to 12 Miles on a single charge
- Weighs only 40 lbs, extremely lightweight, perfect for traveling
- Folds to fit in almost any vehicle
- Warranty: 2 years on the scooter frame, 1 year on all scooter parts and batteries
Maximum speed of 7 mph, adjustable from 3 mph
The third wheel allows for more stability and the front wheel motor doesn’t have any belts or exposed parts, which improves steering. In addition, front disk brakes ensure strong stopping ability on wet surfaces and declines. The SmartScoot™ lightweight mobility scooter also comes with safety instructions and minimum usage requirements and abilities such as good vision, strength, coordination, balance, and concentration. Warranty: 2 years on the scooter frame, 1 year on all scooter parts and batteries. Not every portable scooter is the same! Make sure to carefully compare travel scooters before you make a decision. Did you check out how the seat and the backrest work for you? You’ll be sitting on this travel scooter a lot, a good seat and backrest make a big difference. How easy is this scooter to fold up? Can you lift all of the parts? Being able to easily fold up and store the scooter is a major feature. Is the scooter designed to be easy to get on and off of? SmartScoot™ has a durable steel frame that is easy to step over when getting on and off.
|Specifications||Details (US)||Details (Metric)|
|Scooter Size Setup||38″ L x 22″ W x 39″ H||96.52 cm L x 55.88 cm W x 99.06 cm H|
|Scooter Size Folded with Seat||38″ L x 22″ W x 30.5″ H||96.52 cm L x 55.88 cm W x 77.47 cm H|
|Scooter Size Folded without Seat||38″ L x 22″ W x 17″ H||96.52 cm L x 55.88 cm W x 43.18 cm H|
|Scooter weight complete||39.5 lb, 27 lb Heaviest Part||17.92 kg, 12.25 kg Heaviest Part|
|Seat Weight||8.5 lb||3.86 kg|
|Battery weight||5 lb||2.27 kg|
|Maximum load weight||250 lb loaded||136.08 kg|
|Scooter Speeds (3)||3, 5 and 7 mph||(approx) 5, 8 and 11 km/h|
|Ground clearance||9″ front – 3″ rear||22.86 cm front – 7.62 cm rear|
|Battery||36V, 8 Amp-hrs 288 Watt-hrs Li-Ion Rechargeable, UN PT. III 38.3 for Airline Travel||36V, 8 Amp-hrs 288 Watt-hrs Li-Ion Rechargeable, UN PT. III 38.3 for Airline Travel|
|Battery Charger||Input Voltage : AC100V-240V
Maximum Current: 2.0A
|Input Voltage : AC100V-240V
Maximum Current: 2.0A
|Battery charging time||~1 Hour (initial charge ~5 hours)||~1 Hour (initial charge ~5 hours)|
|Range||(approx) 12 Miles||(approx) 19 kilometers|
|Frame Materials||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Brakes||Front Disc Brake||Front Disc Brake|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Shipping Dimensions||38″ L x 23″ W x 18″ H||96.52 cm L x 58.42 cm W x 45.72 cm H|
|Shipping Weight||57 lb|
With a maximum speed of 7 mph, adjustable from 3 mph, the SmartScoot™ portable mobility scooter provides the ability to cruise at maximum speed and large bandwidth for speed adjustment. The SmartScoot™ leverages a 5 lb lithium-ion scooter battery with up to 12 miles of range to SmartScoot™ mobile scooters while complying with FAA regulations for air travel.This portable mobility scooter is a smart option for active and on-the-go lifestyles!
Simple to Use Controls
A versatile, travel mobility scooter, the SmartScoot™ features settings for both forward and reverse gear, three speed-settings (3, 5 & 7 mph), a battery strength indicator, a weather-resistant front wheel drive motor with disc-brakes, a parking brake, an adjustable comfort-designed seat as well as an adjustable steering column. The SmartScoot™ portable mobility scooter also includes an LED headlight, horn, and cane holder accessories.
Can I Fly or Go On a Cruise with My SmartScoot?
Your SmartScoot ™ electric travel scooter is designed for air travel & Crusie Lines. Consider its removable luggage bar, which can accommodate a wheeled carry-on bag through the airport. Just place the item on the bar, use bungee cords to secure it to the handle bars, and off you go.
Weighing only 40 pounds when fully assembled and breaking down into smaller, lightweight parts, SmartScoot ™ easily collapses to fit in either a cargo compartment or in the passenger cabin as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
The electric travel scooter also meets DOT standards for lithium batteries, containing less than 25 grams of equivalent lithium content (ELC) and under 300 watts. The SmartScoot ™ battery has an ELC of 24 grams and is 288 watts.
Take note that the DOT requires visual inspection of lithium-ion battery powered mobility aids, including removal of the battery when necessary. The scooter, seat cushions and non-removable pouches or fanny packs will also be screened.
The DOT recommends mobility aids be “loaded, stowed, secured and unloaded in an upright position and in a manner that prevents unintentional activation and protects it from damage.”
For more information about traveling with an electric travel scooter, check with your airline before you leave. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also offers a helpline for travelers who need special assistance. You should call the TSA Cares helpline 3 days before departure with questions about screening policies and what to expect at the security checkpoint. Travelers requiring special assistance can also request a passenger support specialist help them at the airport. We created a page with links to the different airline regulations.
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