Airline Travel Tips for the Deaf & HoH
These travel tips will make getting through air travel easier for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Make each airline agent aware of your situation at each stage of your trip.. from the booking agent all the way to the gate agent and flight attendants.
Arrange for pre-boarding and have a friend or family member escort you to the gate. Escorts can get a gate pass that will allow them through security and to the gate.
Airlines will often seat you at the front of a plane if you request it to read lips better or if you have a service dog with you.
Take a piece of paper with you explaining your situation and how you’d like to communicate. Show it especially to an agent when you arrive at the gate so that he or she can make sure you are aware of any important announcements such as a gate change.
Most airlines offer assistance for hard-of-hearing passengers over the phone.