In travel news for July 28, 2023 we talk about United Airlines is making travel for blind travelers a little easier.
United Airlines is stepping up its commitment to accessibility by becoming the first airline in the United States to integrate Braille into its aircraft interiors. As you travel in the future, you might notice Braille markings for individual rows and seat numbers, as well as inside and outside the bathrooms, on the United flights.
This Braille inclusion is currently available on approximately a dozen aircrafts, but United Airlines has its sight set on equipping its entire mainline fleet with Braille by the end of 2026.
The airline isn't stopping there. In collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind, the American Council of the Blind, and other groups advocating for disability rights, they are looking at the potential use of other tactile navigational aids in the cabin. These could include raised letters, numbers, and arrows.
According to data from the United States Department of Transportation, nearly 27 million People with Disabilities took commercial flights in 2019. For many, simple tasks like finding your seat or locating the restroom can be a challenge when flying.
In response, United's Chief Customer Officer spoke about the importance of adding more tactile signs throughout aircraft interiors to make the flying experience more inclusive and accessible for everyone.
Over the recent years, United Airlines has been actively working on creating more accessible solutions. This includes a mobile app redesign specifically for people with visual disabilities and the addition of accessibility features to inflight seatback entertainment screens.
The airline's commitment to accessibility is a sign that they're dedicated to creating a better, more inclusive experience for all passengers. As we look to the future, we can expect even more exciting improvements and initiatives from United Airlines.
Being legally blind myself I know all to well the difficulties of traveling alone. Personally I would like to thank United for making Accessible Travel more of a priority.