Sunflowers for hidden disability assistance at Heathrow airport
Travel is stressful for everyone.
Even frequent travelers can get stressed out, especially when we have to bring our medications with us.
With this in mind, international airports have implemented new procedures for travelers with hidden disabilities, making it easier for all of us to get to our destinations.
Wearing a 'Sunflower Lanyard' discreetly indicates to airport staff that you have a hidden disability and you would like additional support.
Airport staff are trained to recognize these lanyards, and to provide you with any help you may need at various stages at the airport.
Rheumatoid patient Connie found the Sunflower Lanyard very helpful:
"I used mine at Heathrow airport and found it very good - especially going through the security area. No long queues, I was sent straight to the express channel! "
The Sunflower lanyard scheme is in operation in the UK at Edinburgh, London Heathrow, London Gatwick airports.
In the USA, the scheme is running at New York JFK and Seattle-Tacoma airports. Check the special assistance sections of their websites to find out more.
The Sunflower Lanyard scheme is being rolled out to other airports around the world, and we hope to see it become standard for all airports.