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Flying Tips for Older Passengers [New York Times Travel Section]

February 9, 2012

Written by
Christine Haughney

GETTING TO THE AIRPORT If you can’t drive the person, arrange it with a volunteer driving program or medical transportation company instead of a taxi, said James D. Stowe, who researches older adults and their transportation needs at the University of Missouri Hospital. He said the Independent Transportation Network of America ( can direct passengers to drivers more attuned to problems like getting in and out of a car. Katherine Freund, its president, said that older fliers who order a car by 5 p.m. the day before will be picked up by a driver who will come to the door and help with luggage at the airport. The average fare costs $11.50 for a five-mile ride. ITN is offered in California, Maine and 15 other states.

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