Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) has become the first German airport to join the global Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network. The Sunflower lanyard is an internationally recognised symbol for hidden disabilities. People with hidden disabilities should be able to use all travel options at BER without any restrictions. With the help of the lanyard, wearers are given the opportunity to clearly signal that they have a hidden disability. This way, everyone at the airport - the staff as well as fellow passengers - can be prepared for the fact that Sunflower wearers may need assistance, a little more time or a little patience during their stay at BER.
Colleagues at BER want to respond to passengers’ needs at the right moment, and the Sunflower lanyard allows them to identify people with non-visible disabilities so that they can offer help at the right time. The Sunflower lanyards are available at all passenger information desks in Terminals 1 and 2 and from the Mobility Service.
Thomas Hoff Anderson, Chief Operations Officer, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH:
“Our focus is on the needs of our passengers and our goal is to make their travel experience as pleasant and easy as possible. At the same time, we want to reduce barriers and expand opportunities. By introducing the Sunflower lanyard, we are giving many people the possibility to nonverbally and clearly signal their desire for assistance when traveling. This way, we simplify travel from BER and create a new understanding of each other. I am convinced that the Sunflower lanyard will have a lasting positive impact on the travel experience of many of our passengers.”
Paul White, CEO of Hidden Disabilities Sunflower:
“We are delighted to welcome Berlin Brandenburg Airport as the first airport and organisation in Germany to become members of the global Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network. Their work to implement and embed the Sunflower has been outstanding, with staff at the airport ready to recognise and support wearers.
Sunflower wearers travel for many reasons, and the knowledge that barriers are being removed to increase accessibility and inclusion will significantly reduce anxiety and stress for those passengers.”
Learn more about Berlin Brandenburg Airport: https://ber.berlin-airport.de/en/selected-for-you/sunflower.html
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