Sunflower lanyards making air travel easier for people with hidden disabilities

Albany International Airport is trying to make air travel a little easier for people with hidden disabilities.

Hidden disabilities can include dementia, autism, hearing loss, brain injury or anything that may not be outwardly noticeable to airport staff.

People with hidden disabilities can get a sunflower lanyard to wear at the airport to let staff know which passengers may require special assistance and extra patience.

"We want to make sure that every day that folks who have disabilities and who are aware and who are coming through this airport are treated with the respect and with the special care and attention that they deserve," said Albany International Airport CEO Phil Calderone.

To request one of the lanyards, travelers – or someone traveling with them – can ask for a free lanyard at the airport. You can also order one in advance online.

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