New Sunflower Lanyards Help Make Airport Travel Easier for Those with Special Needs

Know someone with a “hidden disability?” In October 2019, Sea-Tac Airport was the first airport in the nation to offer free sunflower lanyards for anyone with hidden disabilities upon request at a Port of Seattle customer service desk or by speaking to an airport Pathfinder (dressed in teal). The lanyards do not let anyone skip lines or procedures, but they will help staff recognize that whoever is wearing one might need extra help, extra space, early boarding and understanding.

Sea-Tac also offers appointments (with advance notice) at to allow pre-flight experience sessions in different parts of the airport to prepare for an actual trip. For more Sea-Tac hidden disabilities resource information, including a mediation/quiet room, therapy dogs, click here. Read more in Parent Map.

By Barbara Bryant, Speech Language Pathologist, Children’s Therapy

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