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It's not the first time I've checked the "hearing impaired" box when purchasing a plane ticket online, but this is the first time I've seen it indicated on my ticket. I felt confident (maybe more like curious) that this would flag my need for accommodation and expected to see a difference - particularly how boarding would be announced. How naive I was....
Zero, nothing, no difference.
Ok, not entirely true - my ticket didn't specify which zone I was seated in. I'm not sure if that was a glitch or if it was because I was supposed to have the option to board early along with people with other disabilities or small children? If so, since boarding was only announced over the sound system I had no idea when "special" boarding took place.
Look! There's a screen right here by my gate! In fact there are screens everywhere in the airport. Is it too much to ask that the zone-now-boarding be put up on the gate screen? What about general announcements shown on some of the other screens in the airport? Heck, use an automatic closed captioning program! It'll help people with impaired hearing and provide entertainment for everyone reading the bizarre typos that get translated.
One more note: if I try to board in the wrong zone please don't scold me like I'm a disruptive influence in class. ESPECIALLY WHEN MY TICKET INDICATES I'M "DEAF"!
Okay, I'm tired of hearing myself complain - got some good stories to share? Please share your positive stories in the comments below. Would love to hear about airports/airlines who are doing an excellent job accommodating;