To address these questions, RoDG had 80 PWD engage in “secret shopper” flights across over 200 flight segments. Passengers were given minimal direction, so as to ensure they would travel as they normally would and would have to find relevant accessibility information for themselves. Passengers participated in focus groups, completed user diaries, and responded to a survey.
End-to-end user testing of entire flight experience, from booking tickets, to passage through airports, flights, deplaning, and collecting baggage.
Specific users instructed to attempt little-advertised accessibility programs within aviation.
All users participated in focus groups or interviews, completed a user diary, and completed a custom-designed survey.
Combined, this is the largest disability market study in aviation ever completed in North America.
PWD passengers are frequently unaware of services targeting disability. This is caused by a relentless industry focus on poor regulation, as opposed to passenger experience. This segmentation of process into PWD and non-PWD creates passenger experience failures with high potential for missed revenue, flight delays and higher operating costs.
Most disabled passengers are unaware of the full range of accessibility options available during their experience.
Experience (and process) failures, especially with mobility devices, cause flight delays and significant loss of revenue.
Self-serve options for passengers managing vision issues are rarely used, even if known, creating a poor experience investment.
Most determinants of poor flight experience occur prior to boarding – creating opportunities for collaboration with airport authorities tied to revenue drivers of both airlines and airports.