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Communication Strategies for Airport Passenger Access and Mobility A Synthesis of Airport Practice Shu Cole Weixuan Wang Haoai Zhao Yan Zhang IndIana UnIversIty Bloomington, IN a n d Laurel Van Horn Open dOOrs OrganIzatIOn Chicago, IL 2019 Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Subscriber Categories Aviation A I R P O R T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M ACRP SYNTHESIS 101
ACRP SYNTHESIS 101 Project 11-03, Topic S07-02 ISSN 1935-9187 ISBN 978-0-309-48081-9 Library of Congress Control Number 2019951333 Â© 2019 National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. COPYRIGHT INFORMATION Authors herein are responsible for the authenticity of their materials and for obtaining written permissions from publishers or persons who own the copyright to any previously published or copyrighted material used herein. Cooperative Research Programs (CRP) grants permission to reproduce material in this publication for classroom and not-for-profit purposes. Permission is given with the understanding that none of the material will be used to imply TRB, AASHTO, FAA, FHWA, FMCSA, FRA, FTA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, PHMSA, or TDC endorsement of a particular product, method, or practice. 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR ACRP SYNTHESIS 101 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Marci A. Greenberger, Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program Gail R. Staba, Senior Program Officer Demisha Williams, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications ACRP PROJECT 11-03 PANEL Joshua D. Abramson, Easterwood Airport Management, College Station, TX (Chair) Debbie K. Alke, Montana DOT, Helena, MT (retired) Gloria G. Bender, TransSolutions, LLC, Fort Worth, TX David A. Byers, Quadrex Aviation, LLC, Melbourne, FL Traci Clark, Allegheny County Airport Authority, West Mifflin, PA David N. Edwards, Jr., GreenvilleâSpartanburg Airport District, Greer, SC Brenda L. Enos, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO Linda Howard, Independent Aviation Consultant, Bastrop, TX Patrick W. Magnotta, FAA Liaison Matthew J. Griffin, Airports Consultants Council Liaison Liying Gu, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America Liaison Adam Williams, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Liaison Christine Gerencher, TRB Liaison TOPIC S07-02 PANEL Gloria Louie, Louie Consulting Services, San Francisco, CA Jon A. Sanford, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA William J. Sproule, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI Stephen C. Wareham, Trillion Aviation, Cannon Falls, MN Vanessa Balgobin, FAA Liaison Jonathan Torres, FAA Liaison
ABOUT THE ACRP SYNTHESIS PROGRAM Airport administrators, engineers, and researchers often face problems for which information already exists, either in documented form or as undocumented experience and practice. This infor- mation may be fragmented, scattered, and unevaluated. As a consequence, full knowledge of what has been learned about a problem may not be brought to bear on its solution. Costly research findings may go unused, valuable experience may be overlooked, and due consideration may not be given to recommended practices for solving or alleviating the problem. There is information on nearly every subject of concern to the airport industry. Much of it derives from research or from the work of practitioners faced with problems in their day-to-day work. To provide a systematic means for assembling and evaluating such useful information and to make it available to the entire airport community, the Airport Cooperative Research Program authorized the Transportation Research Board to undertake a continuing project. This project, ACRP Project 11-03, âSynthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices,â searches out and synthesizes useful knowl- edge from all available sources and prepares concise, documented reports on specific topics. Reports from this endeavor constitute an ACRP report series, Synthesis of Airport Practice. This synthesis series reports on current knowledge and practice, in a compact format, without the detailed directions usually found in handbooks or design manuals. Each report in the series provides a compendium of the best knowledge available on those measures found to be the most successful in resolving specific problems. FOREWORD By Gail R. Staba Staff Officer Transportation Research Board The focus of this report is on availability and communication of information, particularly related to airport and airline practices that assist users to maximize their cognitive and sensory abilities to navigate and use airport services, programs, and facilities. Airport operators continue to develop and implement measures to ensure passenger access and mobility, including those travelers with disabilities and other travelers with access or functional needs. Through a synthesis of existing literature, this report (1) documents current airport services, programs, and communication tools to ensure passenger access and mobility; (2) identifies trends and challenges in enhancing access and mobility for travelers with cognitive and sensory disabilities, aging travelers, and travelers with limited English proficiency; and (3) suggests further research for future air travel services and communication strategies. Information used in this study was acquired through a synthesis of existing literature on the U.S. air travel industry and semi-structured interviews with representatives from 15 airports, 5 airlines, and 6 community groups within the United States. Shu Cole and his team at Indiana University synthesized the information and wrote the report. Yan Zhang, who was a member of the team at Indiana University, has now graduated and works at EY Risk Advisory Practice in Chicago. The members of the topic panel are acknowledged on page iv. This synthesis is an immediately useful document that records the practices that were acceptable within the limitations of the knowledge available at the time of its preparation. As progress in research and practice continues, new knowledge will be added to that now at hand.
Zainab Alkebsi Policy Counsel Law and Advocacy Center National Association of the Deaf Nina Asay Chief of Strategic Planning & Innovation The Arc San Francisco Christopher Birch Director, Guest Experience/ Chief Operating Officerâs Office San Francisco International Airport Terry Blue Vice President of Operations Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Richard Blut Training and Wellness Manager McCarran International Airport Phil Burke Assistant Director of Customer Experience MinneapolisâSaint Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission Frank Ciaccio Emergency Management Coordinator Houston Airport System Chris Danielsen Director of Public Relations The National Federation of the Blind Elise Farris Manager, Customer Relations Allegheny County Airport Authority Pittsburgh International Airport Lise Hamlin Director of Public Policy Hearing Loss Association of America Jennifer Hanrahan Marketing and PR Coordinator Greater Rochester International Airport Sue Hansen-Smith Manager, Airport Customer Service Port of Seattle Bonnie Hayes Analyst Customer Accessibility American Airlines Fiona Hinze Systems Change Coordinator/ Community Organizer Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco Dawn Huddleston Commercial Roadway Manager Port of Portland Anila Jivanji Senior Specialist, Inclusion and Diversity American Airlines Tim Joniec Director of Government Relations/ ADA Coordinator Houston Airport System Stephanie Lanza-Efthimiou Senior Analyst, CRO Compliance JetBlue Erin Lauridsen Director, Access Technology LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Shelly Lopez Customer Experience Coordinator MinneapolisâSaint Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission Steve Mayers Airport Director, Customer Experience, ADA and Title VI Coordinator Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Elita McMillon Director of Ethics, Diversity and Administration Tampa International Airport Cindy Montoya Workforce Diversity Program Administrator Massachusetts Port Authority John Newsome Chief Information Officer Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Ray Prentice Director, Customer Advocacy Alaska Airlines Karen Renna Air Terminal Superintendent Buffalo Niagara International Airport Joanne Rolle Chief of Compliance & Quality Assurance The Arc San Francisco Samantha J. Stedford Senior Analyst, Strategic Initiatives, Executive Office Allegheny County Airport Authority Pittsburgh International Airport Dallas Thomas Manager, Customer Advocacy Southwest Airlines Glen Thomas Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications/Public Information Office Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Ryan Thomas Senior Manager, Labor Initiatives, Airport Operations Hawaiian Airlines Mary Beth Thompson ADA Coordinator Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport David E. Wilson Director, Airport Innovation Port of Seattle AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The authors thank the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to this report.
Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions. 1 Summary 3 Chapter 1 Introduction 3 1.1 Background 4 1.2 Why Now? Demographic Trends in Air Travel 8 Chapter 2 Objectives of the Report 9 Chapter 3 Methodology 11 Chapter 4 Results 11 4.1 Travelersâ Accessibility 12 4.2 Airport Services, Information, and Communication 49 4.3 Airportsâ Offsite Communication to Customers and Internal Training of Employees 61 Chapter 5 Keys to Success and Future Directions 61 5.1 Keys to Success 62 5.2 Future Directions 64 Chapter 6 Conclusions 65 References and Bibliography 70 Appendix A Questionnaire for Airlines and Airports (Same Questions) 72 Appendix B Questionnaire for Community Organizations 74 Appendix C Navigating MSP Program 75 Appendix D SFO Disability Awareness Training Program C O N T E N T S