Last summer the HT team traveled to Scranton, PA to do their show for Wyoming Valley West Middle School.
Of course Mike needed EXTRA TSA attention.
The team took to the air without the greatest of ease, getting on and off a plane is no easy task for Mike.
After a stop in Philadelphia the crew had to change planes.
Denis and Tim have to transfer Mike from his wheelchair to a temporary chair that takes him to his airplane seat. Not only is this not comfortable for Mike, it takes extra care and a lot of straps and belts! Look it is a 4 person job. (I was thinking you can count the 4 people on the ground helping, like the joker count)
There goes Mike’s wheelchair (on the conveyor belt) Mike’s wheelchair travels by itself with all the other luggage.
Another safe landing!
And the process happens all over again.
Handicap This Productions took to the road last summer and traveled to Kingston, Pennsylvania (right outside of Scranton) to do a show for Wyoming Valley West Middle School on Friday, June 1st. Traveling for Mike is not the easiest thing. Getting on and off planes is extremely tough and completely foreign for Mike’s body. Sitting in an airplane seat is uncomfortable for most able-bodied people, multiply that by 1,000 for Mike. Mike spends 16-18 hours a day in his wheelchair, an airplane seat is not conducive for his back, but Mike labors through it to spread our message. We flew US Airways 4 times for this trip. (We flew out of O’Hare, with a stop in Philly to catch another plane to Scranton and vice versa on the way back) We were BLOWN AWAY by the professionalism and hospitality of all US Airways employees, as well as all of the O’Hare airport employees, Philadelphia Airport, and Wilkes-Barre-Scranton airport employees that we came in contact with. Getting a wheelchair on a plane is no easy task. To say it is a team effort would be an understatement. Everyone needs to be on the same page to pull it off. It is like leading an orchestra, everyone has their own roles and responsibilities and this team pulled it off flawlessly. We have traveled a lot and this was as pleasant an experience as we can remember. Easy. Stress-free. Courteous. Friendly. Were just some of the words that we used in describing our travel both to and from our latest show. Society tends to highlight all the bad things that accommodate travel, but we rarely hear about the good. Handicap This Productions wanted to give credit where credit is due and US Airways was an absolute joy to fly. Whether it was putting up a ramp so Mike could get in the Shuttle Bus or bringing in a lift, so Mike could get off the Prop plane, all facets were handled with the utmost care and respect.
A shout-out also needs to go out to Keystone Ambulances! They were the service we used to get around town (to and from the airport and to and from Wyoming Valley West Middle School) Bob, Tammy, and Kevin were OUTSTANDING drivers and made sure we were where we needed to be ahead of schedule. All in all our team was extremely impressed with how well our travel needs were met. Our expectations were exceeded and we couldn’t have had a better time out East.
Thank You US Airways Flight Crew from #997, #4140, #3883, and #1991 and Keystone Ambulances!
We hope you enjoyed Season One of our Webisodes! All 13 were a labor of love and we couldn’t be happier on how they turned out! Get ready because we have started working on Season Two! We can’t wait to share with you what we have been working on! Our goal is to have Season Two up in October. Stay tuned for more updates!!!