Purple Airplane Program
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has a commitment to customer service and making Chicago's airport systems easily accessible for all of our travelers. The CDA is spearheading an Enhanced Awareness Initiative at Midway and O'Hare Airports to better serve individuals with disabilities during their travels. CDA is training employees about multiple disabilities to improve awareness, understanding and accommodations, and employees will wear purple airplane pins to signify this Enhanced Awareness. Please feel free to approach all airport employees with questions or needs. The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP), The Hope Institute for Children and Families, and Have Dreams have produced Aviation Accessibility Kits, which dovetail with this initiative to make traveling more enjoyable for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
In addition, the "Purple Airplane" can be used as a symbol to designate travelers and families with disabilities. Staff and security personnel at Chicago's Airports receive training to recognize the symbol and how to work with travelers who may need assistance. Travelers can download the Purple Airplane symbol, as noted below, to create a sticker. This sticker can be worn on top of your clothing to be easily identified by Airport staff.
To capture the Purple Airplane image off our website and create a sticker, please follow these steps:
- If you are using a PC:
- Right click on the purple airplane symbol to the right.
- Select "Save Picture As."
- A box pops up asking you where you wish to save your image on your PC (for example, C Drive or desktop). Navigate to the folder in which you want to keep your image.
- If you are working on a Mac:
- Use the grab and drag function and drag the image to your desktop. Another option for Mac users would be to use Control (on the keyboard) and Click, then follow the prompts.
- Print the Purple Airplane image on a sticker/label:
- Purchase 2.5-inch round labels from any local office supply store, or on-line store, and follow the directions included with the labels. Many label manufacturers also have websites with templates that may be downloaded as a guide before printing your actual labels.