Program helps disabled travelers feel at ease at airports

Travelers in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program wear a sunflower lanyard around their neck to discreetly let staff know that they may need some extra help.

News 12 Staff

Dec 21, 2022, 8:46 PM

Updated 541 days ago

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A new program is helping travelers who have hidden disabilities and accessibility needs at Westchester County Airport.
Travelers in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program wear a sunflower lanyard around their neck to discreetly let staff know that they may need some extra help. 
There are two different kinds of lanyards - ones for travelers to wear and ones worn by staff. 
"Our employees will be trained to identify and interact with passengers who are on the spectrum," says airport manager April Gasparri. 
Those who opt to wear the lanyard don't need to disclose what disability they have.
Wearing the lanyard does not mean it will expedite them through TSA security screenings.


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