Dulles International, United Airlines Partner with The Arc of Northern Virginia to Host Wings for All

Simulated experience introduces air travel to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Dulles International Airport has teamed with United Airlines, The Arc, The Arc of Northern Virginia and airport partners to simulate the air travel experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on March 17. The immersive rehearsal is intended to make the process of traveling through an airport less overwhelming for people with special needs.

More than 150 participants and family members are registered to attend the Wings for All®event at Dulles International Airport with United Airlines, where they will learn best practices and tips for navigating the airport and air travel process. Participants will:
• Check in at United ticket counters and learn about advance steps families can take at check-in to inform airlines and make accommodation requests
• Practice using the TSA Cares program for security screening assistance
• Proceed to a United gate via mobile lounge and board a real aircraft
• Buckle-up for a simulated flight aboard a United Boeing 777
• Return to the terminal via AeroTrain, pick up luggage in baggage claim and meet with airport and airline employees

Through the Wings for All® program, Dulles International and its partners hope participating families will gain the experience and confidence needed to travel through the airport on a future trip. The Wings for All® program also gives airport, airline, TSA professionals and other personnel the opportunity to observe, interact and deliver their services in a structured learning environment.

Media are invited to cover the Wings for All® event at Dulles International Airport on March 17, 2018, where they will be able to follow the entire journey and document the experience of participating families. Media are encouraged to RSVP no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16.

Details for Media Coverage

• WHAT: Wings for All® airport and flight simulation experience for individuals with disabilities

• WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 2018 – check-in begins at 8:15 a.m., boarding begins at9:30 a.m. and airport journey is expected to conclude by 10:45 a.m.

• WHERE: Washington Dulles International Airport, ticketing (upper) level. Park in hourly parking lot in front of Main Terminal. Advance RSVP and check-in at the United ticketing counters are required. Contact Andrew Trull with the Airports Authority Media Relations in advance for instructions. All media are required to bring a government-issued photo I.D. to be permitted through the TSA screening checkpoint to gate area and onboard the aircraft.

• WHO: Participants and families from the National Capital Region and Northern Virginia; volunteers from The Arc, The Arc of Northern Virginia, Transportation Security Administration, MarketPlace Development, Washington Dulles International Airportand United Airlines

MEDIA RSVP REQUIRED: A media escort is required for the event. Please provide the full name (as it appears on government-issued I.D.) and date of birth to [email protected] all attending media and crew no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16. For questions, call Andrew Trull at 703-417-8840. All media and crew will be issued United Airlines gate passes that can be picked up at the United ticketing counter.

About the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority operates the U.S. Capital Region’s gateways to the nation and the world, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, as well as the Dulles Airport Access Highway, the Dulles Toll Road and construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Metrorail public transit system through northern Virginia. A record 46.6 million passengers passed through the two airports in 2017.

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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