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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 (itnamerica.org) 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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