Stansted Airport Special Assistance
Stansted Airport has been offering signage, parking, seating areas, standard accessible toilets and shopping assistance for disabled users for years. They have teamed up with DiasableGo to ensure their facilities are as accessible as possible and below, you will find a guide to what’s available throughout the terminal.
Special Assistance Help Desk – It is situated at the very front of the terminal building, in the middle between Check-in Zone D and Zone E. The desk is manned 24/7.
Stansted Airport Special Assistance Facilities Available
- Hard of hearing: There are induction loops fitted in certain areas of the terminal, marked with the sympathetic ear sign. All telephones at Stansted are fitted with induction couplers; public text phones are provided in some areas. A proportion of the airport employees are proficient in BSL Stage 1 and most of the staff have been trained in deaf awareness, some can finger-spell too.
- Electric Mobility Aids: You are able to take your Electric Mobility Aid (EMA) through Terminal security. The airport can provide the Air Safe Plug if necessary; it has to be handed over to the special assistance/airline staff at the departure gate.
- Blind and partially sighted: The airport uses black on yellow directional signs, providing optimum contrast to the partially sighted. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are the only dogs permitted in the airport buildings. Please note that assistance dogs can only travel if they are registered with The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and if allowed by the airline you are flying with and your holiday destination. The general waiting areas have reserved seating with low-level flight information screens. Should you have difficulty seeing the monitors please let your airline know during your check-in.
- Changing Places and RADAR Keys: The newly installed Changing Places facilities, including those situated in the main departure lounge, are fitted with RADAR keys. There will be signs on each WC unit explaining how to obtain a key. If you don’t have the RADAR key and would like to order it prior to your journey, visit the Disability Rights website. RADAR keys, part of the National Key Scheme, open up locked public toilets around the country, at a wide range of establishments such as shopping centres, pubs, cafés, bus and train stations and so forth. Please note that if you are an overseas visitor with special needs you may not be aware of this RADAR key; please ask for assistance.
- Accessible Toilets: Several unisex accessible toilets are available on the main airport concourse and at the departures lounge. Please note that parents flying with children are also welcome to use the unisex accessible toilets.
- Assistance dogs: They are allowed at the airport but you do have to make sure you pre-book this with your airline first. You would also need to make sure the destination airport is happy for you to bring assistance dogs.
Getting to your gate
Stansted Airport offers a transit system connecting the departure lounge with the gates (situated at satellite buildings); this free wheelchair-accessible service is available to departing and returning passengers. It runs every 3 minutes.
Going through Security
All passengers entering the departure lounge must pass through security control. Unfortunately, it’s unavoidable that wheelchair users will activate the archway metal detector when going through security, and security staff have to hand-search passengers who activate the alarms. The chair and the passenger will be searched; however, you can ask to be searched in private if you prefer.
Passengers can take their own wheelchair or mobility aid all the way through the airport right to the departure gate and the aircraft. The wheelchair/mobility aid will be placed in the hold of the aircraft once the passenger has boarded.
Accessibility On Board a Plane
If you require assistance at the airport, you must inform your airline at least 48 hours prior to your flight. Give as much notice as possible for both outbound and inbound flights. If no notification is made, the best endeavours will be made to assist you. Stansted Airport recommends that you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before the flight time and present yourself to the Special Assistance desk.
You can request help getting to check-in at any of the Help Phones, situated beside the main terminal doors and the Short Stay Car Park. If you are travelling with a family member or friend who is happy to assist you, there may be wheelchairs available for you to use immediately in the terminal building by the special assistance desk.
The official taxi service provider at Stansted Airport, 24×7 Limited, is located at the airport and offers the following assistance: a taxi desk on the international arrivals concourse; courtesy phones in the baggage reclaim areas; wheelchair-accessible vehicles available on request; ability to pick up and drop off at the front of the terminal building. To get a quote with an independent taxi firm offering airport transfers to and from Stansted view our taxi transfers page.
Stansted Airport Disabled Parking
Stansted Airport offers Blue Badge spaces and full assistance in the short-term car park and in Zone Q of the long-term car park. Go to our Stansted Parking page to see parking facilities available to special needs passengers.
You can get a Special Flyer Wristband and it can be collected from their information desk, which is located at International arrivals. The band alows staff to identify vulnerable passengers and those that may need additional support throughout the airport journey. To make the journey even easier, those wearing this wristband will be given a Fast Track, along with three of their family members. Stansted also have a very useful, downloadable booklet filled with travel advice for parents or carers of those on the Autistic spectrum, as well as activities to keep the child entertained, aiming to make the experience a little less overwhelming.