ModeratorJanuary 29, 2020 at 11:33 am
The airport is accompanied by its Airport Code (a simplified three-letter code used to identify an international airport), a Telephone number (you may need to use exit codes, and the country code for the USA if you are calling from outside the country), website, and a breakdown of useful information.
It is generally recommended that you arrive at a US Airport a minimum of 3-hours prior to an international flight (even if the airport provides a less congested security check for passengers in wheelchairs). Flights typically begin boarding 1-hour prior to the departure time and it is especially important for passengers in wheelchairs to be present early, as they are typically the first to board. If you are a passenger in a wheelchair planning a trip with a layover for an international flight, you should consider planning a minimum of 2-hours between flights (anything less could be problematic if your previous flight was delayed and/or if you have to pass through additional security to reach your connecting flight).
Service Dogs and Medication:
Those planning to bring service dogs will face many restrictions, please see this page for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-states/dogs.html
Be aware that various drugs/medicines which are commonly available in other countries may be restricted in the USA. Please contact your airline and see this page for medicine restrictions in the USA: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/5-tips-traveling-us-medications.
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (A.K.A. Honolulu International Airport), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Airport Code: HNL | Telephone: (808) 836-6411 | Website: http://airports.hawaii.gov/hnl/
- Accessible Toilets (including seven multipurpose unisex restrooms)
- Multiple Elevators
- Optional guided assistance to/from your flight
- Wheelchairs available (reserve in advance; for use in the airport)
- Text Telephones Throughout for People who are Deaf
- Parking Lot Spaces for people with disabilities
(NOTE: to request these services you can contact your airline, call ahead, or see the nearest information counter or concierge).
- Perks: Easy to navigate, dozens of shops, dozens of dining options, various services throughout the airport, close to Honolulu, and a variety of transportation options to/from the airport. The airports modifications and staff member training are centered around Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, the airport and staff live up to this requirement with various assistance upon request.
- Challenges: [Minimal to none] Language barriers may be an issue for non-English speakers.
- Access to/from Airport: Approximately 22-minute by car ride or from the heart of Honolulu with easy access to Taxi, Limousine, Local Shuttles, Car rental, and Buses (Note: Wheelchair accessible van-style Taxi/Car rental with lift may be limited and may not be available without request).
- Maps: http://terminalmaps.hawaii.gov:8080/hmaps/hnl In this link, provided Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Official Website, you’ll find various maps of the Facilities (in English), including very detailed interactive maps (that contains some of the Accessibility options listed in the section above) which can be printed. Even with a map in hand, new places can get you turned around, so if this happens, ask the staff for help to get you on your way.
- Assistance Information: http://airports.hawaii.gov/hnl/services-amenities/persons-with-disabilities/ In this link, provided by Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Official Website, you’ll find many links to helpful information for “Persons with Disabilities.” This includes information for those living with disabilities that involve walking, hearing, and more.
“5 Tips for Traveling to the U.S. With Medications.” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/5-tips-traveling-us-medications.
“Airport Interactive Map.” Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Official Website, terminalmaps.hawaii.gov:8080/hmaps/hnl.
“Bringing a Dog into the United States.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-states/dogs.html
“Persons with Disabilities.” Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Official Website, airports.hawaii.gov/hnl/services-amenities/persons-with-disabilities/.
DISCLAIMER: Always review your airports rules and restricted items prior to packing you stowed/carry-on luggage. Information is based on Internet and/or personal inquiries, outdated info/inaccuracies may occur (please post any updated information, preferably with reference). TabiFolk, Accessible Japan, and the author of this post are not paid by, or affiliated with, any of the airports and/or websites mentioned in this article.
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