Best Portable Lightweight Mobility Scooters for Travel from Suncoast Mobility

Best Airline Approved Mobility Scooters for Travel 2024

Here at Suncoast Mobility one of our most frequently asked questions is which mobility scooters are airline approved and best for travel. After all, losing your mobility does not mean you need to give up your freedom to explore and your passion for travel. Luckily, many of our mobility scooters aid in making travel a breeze. Some of our most popular travel scooters are in the folding mobility scooter category. In this article we will discuss some helpful tips and outline some of the best mobility scooters for the frequent traveler. Whether it’s road trips, cruises or air travel, we certainly have the right mobility scooter for you.

Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Compact Airline Approved Travel Scooter

When selecting the best portable mobility scooter for your needs, there are a few things you should consider. What is the weight of the electric mobility scooter? What is its width? Does it fold or disassemble? What is the price? Will the ride be comfortable? Below we will discuss a few of the most important characteristics when considering buying a new travel mobility scooter below.


An airline approved mobility scooter can range in price from $1,500.00 to $3,000.00 or more, depending on the model and specifications. The majority of the time, high-tech mobility scooters with a multitude of functions and add-ons will cost more than your conventional models. Prior to making a choice, be sure to consider the most important characteristics to you.


The weight of the mobility scooter is always an important factor to consider when purchasing a new travel scooter. It becomes even more important while purchasing a portable mobility scooter because someone will frequently be lifting the scooter during various types of travel. Selecting a device that is either lightweight or disassembles into small enough pieces for you or a loved one to handle is critical.


All compact travel scooters are designed with portability in mind, however, each model achieves this in a different way. Some of them will fold up (automatically or manually) to a compact size, while others disassemble into multiple pieces. Many users find that automatic folding electric travel scooters are more convenient, but for some, these may be too heavy to lift while on the move. Others may find that a scooter that disassembles is often times lighter and easier to lift in and out of the car. Keep in mind a scooter that disassembles will take a little extra time to disassemble and reassemble. Be sure to consider which style will best suit your needs before purchasing. Better yet, please consider reaching out to one of our mobility experts at Suncoast Mobility.

Airline Approved

Are you a frequent flyer or have a once in a once in a lifetime trip planned and need an airline approved mobility device? If so you may be wondering if the travel scooter you’re considering is airline approved. In the past, lithium-ion batteries have been a hot topic and have caused issues for some travelers. The FAA states that travelers may either pack one battery with a maximum capacity of 300 watt hours or two batteries with a maximum capacity of 160 watt hours each. Often times the battery will need to be ejected from the scooter and brought into the cabin with you. Fortunately all the models listed below fit within these restrictions or offer alternatives that are acceptable to almost all airlines.

What Are the Best Airline Approved Travel Scooters for 2024?

We’ve put together a list of what we consider the 4 best travel scooters for 2024. These models are all portable and perfect for airline, cruise, and local travel. Below we review some key things to consider during your research such as turning radius, weight capacity, price, and the scooters total weight.


EV Rider Transport AF+

The EV Rider AF Plus automatic folding mobility scooter is equipped with an 11.5Ah lithium battery and weighs just 49 lbs. total which makes it perfect for travel and easy storage. Due to its 31" turning radius it has great maneuverability in narrow spaces making it a breeze to use in public and even in your home. The Transport AF easily fits in the trunk of most automobiles making it ideal for someone with an on the go lifestyle.

The EV Rider Transport AF Plus automatic folding mobility scooter easily folds and unfolds with a push of a button on your handheld key fob. This mobility scooter is approved for most airlines and cruises making it a great option for your next trip. We suggest contacting the air or cruise line ahead of time to alert them and to prevent any possible delays on your trip.

EV Rider Transport AF Plus automatic folding scooter, folded in red.
               Turning Radius                
Weight Capacity
250 lbs.
Weight of Unit
49 lbs.

Golden Technology CarryOn

The Golden Technologies Buzzaround CarryOn is one of the most popular  folding mobility scooters on the market today. Its compact and sleek design also features elements of a heavy duty unit.  Some of these features are an infinite adjustable tiller, full front, and rear lighting package, USB port, lithium-ion battery pack (travel battery pack sold separately), and 300 lb. weight capacity. The heaviest piece is 47.5 lbs. after removing the seat and battery. The total height of the CarryOn is a mere 12” after the seat is removed and the tiller is folded down.

The compact folded CarryOn will fit under your bed at home and even underneath beds on a cruise ship since it is only 12" tall. The Golden Technologies Buzzaround CarryOn can even be towed like luggage by placing the scooter in free-wheel mode and lifting up on the front handle. These features make it ideal for all forms of travel. A travel battery is required for airline travel and must be purchased separately. Ask a Suncoast Mobility rep on how to bundle the travel battery with your purchase.

Golden Technologies offers a comprehensive factory warranty that rivals any other competitor in the industry. All Golden Technologies mobility scooters come with a one-year in-home service agreement at our cost. This means if you have any issues for the first year we will dispatch a licensed technician to your home to diagnose and repair the unit for free for one year. This is a wonderful piece of mind since there are brands that do not offer this coverage.

Golden Technologies Buzzaround Carry on compact mobility scooter.


Turning Radius               48.75"               
Weight Capacity 300 lbs
Weight of Unit 47.5 lbs (w/o seat and battery)
Folds Yes

Enhance Mobility Transformer 2

The Enhance Mobility Transformer 2 is easy to use, is ultra-portable and extremely user friendly. The Transformer utilizes remote control operation for opening and closing plus a manual option if necessary while at the airport. The Transformer has a 300lb weight capacity and comes standard with a lightweight Lithium battery (13.5 Miles on a single charge). The lithium battery is also backed by a one-year warranty and the unit comes with a free one-year in-home service agreement when purchased through the Suncoast Mobility website.

The Transformer 2 is ideal for all forms of travel including airline and cruise ships. Once folded it can be stored in the back of most vehicles making it ideal for someone who lives an active lifestyle. It can also be stored almost anywhere in your home without taking up too much space. Enhance Mobility's one year in-home service agreement means that if something goes wrong with your device a service professional will come to your home to complete any repairs needed.

Enhance Mobility Transformer 2 mobility scooter in black.


Turning Radius
Weight Capacity
300 lbs.
Weight of Unit
55 lbs.

EV Rider Transport 4AF

The EV Rider Transport line of scooters has always been immensely popular with clients looking to travel with their mobility scooter. EV Rider features a full line of foldable, compact, and easy to use devices. Among them, the EV Rider Transport 4AF is the newest and most advanced within their line.

The EV Rider Transport 4AF automatic folding mobility scooter is equipped with an 11.5Ah lithium battery and weighs just 51 lbs making it perfect for travel and easy to store most anywhere. Due to its turning radius of 39", this compact mobility scooter offers great maneuverability in narrow spaces and pefect to use in most public spaces. The Transport AF easily fits in the trunk of most automobiles making it that much more convenient for daily use on trips tp the store or doctor's office.

The EV Rider Transport 4AF automatic folding mobility scooter easily folds with a push of a button on your handheld key fob. This mobility scooter is approved for most airlines and cruises making it the perfect device for travel. We suggest contacting the air or cruise line ahead of time to alert them and to prevent any possible delays.

EV Rider Transport AF 4W automatic folding mobility scooter.
               Turning Radius                               39.4"               
Weight Capacity 250 lbs
Weight of Unit 51 lbs
Folds Yes
Disassembles No


Tips for Traveling with a Mobility Scooter

Although the right mobility scooter can make traveling a lot easier, there are still a few tips we recommend when traveling with one that can help avoid any road bumps.

Call Ahead: Always call your airline ahead of time and let them know your travel needs and that you will be flying with your mobility scooter. Transporting your scooter is often times free, but notifying your airline ahead of time is always a great idea to prevent any delays on the day of your departure.

Take Pictures: We always suggest you photograph your mobility scooter before you fly. This way if the airline happens to damage your device in transit you will have proof to seek compensation.

Ask Questions: Reach out to your place of accommodation about wheelchair access and maneuvering the property before or upon your arrival. Be sure to study the city you’re visiting to avoid any surprises after arriving as well. We also suggest booking with enough time to fully understand where you are headed and what challenges may lie ahead when bringing a mobility scooter.

Know Your Scooter: Every client should know the dimensions of their mobility scooter. This will aid in assisting the airline to make proper accommodations for your flight and while prevent delays.

Know Your Rights:  You should have a good understanding of the US Air Carrier Access Act and we recommend you save it on your phone in the off chance you run into any hassles along the way.

Go With the Flow: Be adaptable during your travel and most importantly have fun. Everyone at Suncoast Mobility wants you to have a hassle free and fun vacation so please do not hesitate to reach out to use before purchasing. 

Questions? Contact Us.

When trying to determine the best airline approved travel mobility scooter for your needs it’s important to take into account what specifically you are looking for from the device. Our team of mobility experts are here to guide you every step of the way. Please do not hesitate to call us at (727) 537-6275 or email us at We look forward to speaking with you.

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