January 19, 2022

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AirAsia India introduces in-flight safety manual for visually impaired

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AirAsia India introduces in-flight safety manual for visually impaired
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AirAsia India introduces in-flight safety manual for visually impaired
AirAsia India introduces in-flight safety manual for visually impaired

MUMBAI: AirAsia India on Friday introduced in-flight safety manual in braille for the visually impaired.
The manual, made with the help of the Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deafblind (HKIDB), was introduced to mark the ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’.
Apart from this, the airline said it has also extended online pre-booking and priority services for persons with disabilities.
“Wheelchair assistance can now be pre-booked online from the website on the airline app while booking a flight or it can be booked at the contact centre or by approaching the airline’s guest services staff at the airport,” said the airline.
“Different types of wheelchair facilities are available to pre-book for persons with disabilities to access the ramp up to the ladder point or the aircraft door as well as to reach the cabin. Wheelchairs to assist guests to be seated inside the cabin are narrower, allowing easier maneuvering in the aisle of the aircraft,” it said adding that these facilities are provided to passengers along with convenient seats at no extra cost.
The airline said it has demarcated ‘Special Assistance Counters’ with priority services at all 17 airports it operates from. The special assistance counters have been made distinctly visible by showcasing the International Symbol of Access also known as the (International) Wheelchair Symbol.
At these counters, passengers get priority check-in, and assistance while boarding and deboarding to facilitate comfortable travel from the beginning of their journey till they reach their destination, the airline said.
Capt Manish Uppal, head of operations, AirAsia India said: “As we work towards a future built on inclusion, equity and diversity, we need to be more accommodating of individual differences and preferences.”
Yogesh Desai, CEO, HKIDB said he was hopeful that other airline companies would share the same sentiment.

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