Flying after a stroke – The hidden challenges

  • 26 May, 2016
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Flying after a stroke – The hidden challenges

May is Stroke Awareness month and after writing articles about flying with Autism, Diabetes, Sensory Impairments and Claustrophobia, we thought it would be a great idea to shed some light on the hidden challenges that some stroke survivors encounter at airports and when flying. You’ll also hear from stroke survivors and their experiences of flying after a stroke. For the following article, we teamed up with Different Strokes, who provide active peer support for young stroke survivors and families.

Flying after a stroke

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the UK and there are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK. Every year in the UK there are 152,000 new cases and at least one in four happens to somebody of working age or younger. Read More

Using Airports with Sensory Impairments

  • 24 Nov, 2015
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Using Airports with Sensory Impairments

sensory impairments

Navigating your way through an airport can be intimidating at the best of times; large crowds with multiple conversations at once and rows of flickering,  fluorescent flight boards can be a bit much for some. But what about those that those that don’t, or can’t experience these things? How different is the journey through an airport for a passenger that is hard of hearing or visually impaired? And what do UK Airports do to support those with Using Airports with sensory impairments?

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The Longest Airport Names in the World (Quiz)

  • 15 Nov, 2015
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The Longest Airport Names in the World (Quiz)

Airport Names

Airports have some pretty ridiculous names, including naming them after a city they are over an hour away from (London Southend Airport amongst many!), and some that do encourage a chuckle (Moron Airport?), but did you know about these airports with the longest names? We’ve got the top 5  longest airport names according to World Airport Codes for your enjoyment, and just to add to your excitement there’s a fun quiz to take at the end!

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How to beat Claustrophobia when flying

  • 04 Nov, 2015
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How to beat Claustrophobia when flying

People walk through busy terminal Photo credit: Scott

Claustrophobia affects tens of thousands of people in the UK alone. It can cause many problems within your life, especially when it comes to flying. As part of BlogVember, we thought it would be interesting to explore this and speak to the people it affects everyday.

Claustrophobia is the fear of being enclosed or shut in a small space and not being able to get out. Sufferers are often looking for the nearest exit and will sometimes avoid busy and crowded places.This feeling can grow from a past experience and can affect people’s lives daily for many years. Sufferers can experience claustrophobia in cubicles, small rooms and crowds and often these feelings are increased when on a plane.

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Lost and Found – unusual items lost at airports!

  • 03 Nov, 2015
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Lost and Found – unusual items lost at airports!

Lost Items Airports

We’ve all had that sinking feeling when you step on the plane, or in the taxi departing the airport where you realise there’s something missing. There’s nothing worse than knowing there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it for the time being!

Whether it’s a suitcase, an iPhone, your favourite book, your wallet or your sunglasses, it’s all extremely frustrating. Most airports have a lost and found system in place, and Heathrow Airport use missingx.com, where you can log in and register something as lost, or see if it has been found at the airport.

We had a skim through the items there and found some pretty great things that people have left behind at Heathrow Airport! Read More