Hi just to update,
I didn’t get a bag with a seat,instead I bought a tripod seat to put in my bag that cost £3! However when I read the blurb about whet you cannot pack in your hand luggage I felt that it fell within the ‘Anything that could potentially be used as a blunt instrument’ (to be fair that probably covers most things but I left it behind as I didn’t want to risk it!)
Anyway when I arrived at Manchester airport I got my foldable walking stick out after check in for two reasons. Firstly I anticipated that it would be needed in the long snaking queue through security and secondly I didn’t want it showing up on the x-ray and have to have my hand luggage delayed and searched! Well as soon as the security guard saw it he sent me straight to the assistance entrance and they fast tracked me straight though security! Then when we got to the gate I was invited to get on the plane first. So although I didn’t book assistance because I don’t need that yet they were still really on the ball- shame they weren’t quite as accommodating at JFK where I was urged to speed up by the security guard!
Anyhow all credit to the staff at Manchester airport who anticipated my needs so well.