Flying with a hidden disability: What if I need more time and space?

When you have a hidden disability, such as autism or a disorder, and you fly, it's nice if people at the airport and inside the plane take this into consideration. You can request assistance from your airline for this. Do you want to let people know that you have a hidden disability? This is possible at Schiphol with the green sunflower lanyard. This way we can recognise you and give you more time and peace of mind at security and passport control.

Tell us about your disability

Did you know that you can let your airline know that you have a hidden disability? This applies in the broadest sense, so also when you feel quickly overstimulated, for example. Let your airline know when you book your flight, or at the very latest 48 hours before your flight departs from Schiphol. When requesting assistance, be clear about what kind of help you need. An assistant can then help and guide you to your plane after you check in. Alternatively, you can collect a lanyard from the assistance desk and find your way to the gate on your own.

Quiet places at Schiphol

Schiphol is an international airport that sees tens of thousands of travellers come and go every day. Would you like to escape the crowds and triggers for a while? Head to the Meditation Centre in Lounge 2, after security. It's also darker and quieter in the Rijksmuseum at Holland Boulevard, between Pier E and Pier F. If you want to sit quietly somewhere, there are plenty of opportunities to retreat and relax

Facilities for hidden disabilities

  • Lanyard
  • Rest areas