FLYING & PAYING FULL FARE, WHERE’S THE CAPTIONING?

August 27, 2016 § 1 Comment

In the Alaska Air airport lounge in Seattle the other day there were several big monitors with captioning on – good to see. Thank you Alaska Air. 

We recall flying last year and seeing no captioning at all on the monitors in an Air France lounge we used at Logan Airport in Boston. I have asked them in that lounge for two or three years, yet no progress yet (that I know of). Air France, SVP, sous-titres! 

During the past few months, CCAC member Braam has spoken with American Airlines about the lack of captions on IFE – looking forward to an update from them. They say they are working on it as far as I know so far. AA – talk to us soon.

The lack of movies with captioning on Jet Blue has been glaringly noticeable. Can the lack of something glare?  Yes, it’s not fair and not right. Anyone talking to Jet Blue about this? Until we learn differently, boo to jet blue on this.

The Department of Transportation (USA) has begun studying air travel access issues. CCAC has spoken to the consultant managing the meetings and has sent our suggestions for access with quality captioning not only for IFE (all media aboard) but also for in-flight announcements, and also for airport locations to have live captioning also. More on the dedicated CCAC air travel access advocacy webpage, see below.  

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(NB – the general information in the CCAC flyer is still useful for any advocacy you do The proposed senate bills seems to have expired with the close of sessions last year and Senator Harkin’s retirement.)

What airlines are you traveling and do you have the captioning you need? Has there been some progress over the past 2-3 years in your view?

Read more here: http://ccacaptioning.org/captioning-transportation/ and tell others to help please.

And about the DOT meetings here: https://www.transportation.gov/access-advisory-committee

By the way, Braam presented a section about this important advocacy during the first CAPTION STUDIES CONFERENCE online August 1st. The recording/video/captioned will be uploaded very soon here – find the Captioning Activism Panel – captionstudies.wou.edu 

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§ One Response to FLYING & PAYING FULL FARE, WHERE’S THE CAPTIONING?

  • Most important are captioned safety announcements. The pilot announces something from the cockpit and it could be anything from, “There’s the Washington Monument on your left” to “Fasten your seat belts, we’re making a crash landing.” Captions, please!
    I wrote about this and other problems in a blog post: Memo to Airlines, from a Hard of Hearing Frequent Traveler. https://katherinebouton.com/2016/05/

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