Hidden disabilities are becoming increasing prevalent in our society. Airports by nature are a busy environment and this can be especially overwhelming if you suffer from a disability such as autism, anxiety, dementia or sensory issues. Travel for persons with hidden disabilities can be difficult, almost impossible in some instances. Young children can be particularly overwhelmed which makes travel a very difficult process for the whole family.
Brisbane Airport has developed a way to let their staff know if you or your travelling companion are suffering from a hidden disability and may require extra support. Before you travel you can request a hidden disabilities lanyard and information card to wear through Brisbane Airport. By wearing the lanyard or showing the card you are signalling to the Brisbane Airport team that you may need additional support through the airport process. This may include slowing down the airport process if you are overwhelmed or assisting in reducing the noise, offering assurance and providing as much assistance as possible. The lanyard is helpful when heading through the Security or Passport Control which can become quite overwhelming. The lanyard doesn't ensure that you "fast track" however staff will be alerted that you require special assistance so will point out shorter lines or where possible move you towards the front of the queue. This is not guaranteed however and is dependent on airport traffic.
Dependent on your travel plans it’s also advisable to contact airlines, cruise lines, transfers and other carriers to enquire whether they also have special support available to help you. Living with a hidden disability no longer means that you are unable to travel. The hidden disabilities lanyard is a discreet way for travellers or carers to navigate the airport process.
This handy link will give you further information on the Hidden Disabilities lanyard so you understand the process. Allow at least one to 2 weeks prior to travel to organise all the paperwork.
Brisbane Airport will provide a pack with:
Currently, the Hidden Disabilities Lanyard is only recognised at Brisbane Airport. If you have connecting or multiple flights at other airports it is recommended to check directly with each airport for similar programs.
The world is a beautiful place and ready to be explored, there are so many services now available to help support those with hidden disabilities to enjoy travel. If you need further information for mobility disability click here.
Just let our team know when your booking your travel if there are any special needs that we may need to consider. Mostly, these are dealt by yourself directly with the operator but email or give us call if you have any questions regarding what may be available.
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