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US DOT Officially Requires Closed Captioning on Airport TVs

8 Responses to US DOT Officially Requires Closed Captioning on Airport TVs

  1. Kudos for this ruling. Well done. The next step is to require hearing induction loops for airports just like around the world such as in the UK, Netherlands, Turkey, Israel, Hong Kong, Poland and even MI to name but a few.

    Janice S. Lintz, CEO, Hearing Access & Innovations

  2. larry ketchem says:

    this great but when are they going to push the requirements for the blind and discriptive video

  3. Sandra says:

    I am so glad that they have the caption on the Airport TV. I am a Deaf person and I didn’t know what they were saying on the TV. Thank God for answered Prayers.

  4. Frank says:

    This only cover monitors that have audio. Not, as an example, Flight Information Display (FID) monitors – as are shown in this sites photo.

    • Emily Griffin says:

      That’s right, Frank. Captions are needed to convey audio messages, and the FID monitors already display necessary information by text. The change in policy is for any video display — including televisions in gates — to display closed captioning.

  5. Louis Schwarz says:

    Glad to hear that. However, the heading is incorrect. It should say open captioning because it show captions at ALL times.

    • Emily Griffin says:

      Ah, you raise an interesting point, Louis, but here’s why it’s not open captioning: open captions are captions that are burned into the video footage permanently. Closed captions can be toggled on and off and are contained in a file independent of the video footage. The new rule requires airport televisions to have the closed captioning toggled on, but it doesn’t require open captions in the footage itself. For example, if CNN is playing on a gate TV, closed captions must be turned on. But the airport doesn’t need to alter the footage to permanently link the captions with the video file — nor would that be feasible for live coverage. For pre-recorded instructional video, like airport security messages, a video with open captions would also be acceptable to comply.

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