I don’t do blog posts, but a recent post on a travel related community on Facebook asked about the best airlines and it made me think, what’s the most deaf friendly airlines? Normally, when you check in as a deaf person, you’re offered a wheelchair or in some places, a personal escort to help you get through security faster and to get to your gate. I had an escort for several domestic flights in the Philippines which is very weird to me. Other times, I decline the wheelchair if it’s offered, yet get an escort. I’m all about flying under the radar and not making my deafness obvious. Other deaf people use it to their advantages. It depends on how you’re raised and how you view yourself and the world.
Anyways, the most deaf friendly airlines have several things going for them that makes it easier for us. They have a printed menu given out with food options so you don’t need to bother with lipreading and guessing what the flight attendants said, new American movies that are subtitled in English so you aren’t stuck on foreign movies only (although there are good ones out there), that made it deaf friendly. I experienced that for the very first time on my recent trip to Greece, nonstop both ways on Emirates and I loved it, even though I was in economy. I also loved their mango juice and the free sleep kit I got both ways.
Soon I’ll fly Cathay Pacific and I wonder if it will be deaf friendly like Emirates was or go back to guessing what food there are when the flight attendants ask, even though I always bring plenty of my own food.
What other airlines are deaf friendly according to you guys? Or what to avoid?