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Special Assistance
 Special Assistance Vehicle

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has a special assistance vehicle to transport passengers with disabilities or special needs between passenger terminals and remote gates located on the airport's west end.

Due to the increasing volume of flights and shortage of boarding gates, LAX is accommodating passengers with disabilities on flights assisgned to the airport's remote gates with this $240,000 Special Assistance Vehicle. Air carriers request the special assistance vehicle several times a month.

In addition to providing transportation to individuals with disabilities, the special assistance vehicle is used to transport passengers on stretchers, organ transplant patients and seniors with specially equipped wheelchairs. Several air carriers are equipped to accommodate passengers with these types of medical needs.

This service is another tool available to the airlines and their passengers any time of the day, seven days a week.

To ensure safety and easy access, travelers enter the passenger compartment of the vehicle from the front and exit from the rear. The special assistance vehicle is parked directly beside the aircraft and the passenger compartment is raised to the level of the aircraft's door. Its safety features include a front platform that can pivot and self-adjust to eliminate gaps between the aircraft and the vehicle, and it also comes with a camera and microphone set for communications between the driver and the lift operator.

The vehicle can accommodate up to 21 passengers or seven wheelchairs. It is also equipped with electrical outlets to power various types of medical equipment. For light-sensitive passengers, the compartment's indoor lights can easily be dimmed to a comfortable level.

In addition to the special assistance vehicle, LAX offers a free standby van service to individuals with disabilities for service to and from economy Parking Lot C, or between the terminals. The van is equipped with a hydraulic wheelchair lift and is available upon request seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. by calling (310) 646-6402 or (310) 646-8021. Also, LAX Shuttle buses that transport passengers from economy Parking C to the terminals, as well as the LAX FlyAway buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts.