Below are specialty rooms we’ve created to make sure everyone feels welcome when they arrive or depart from Kansas City.
Children of all ages and abilities can play and unwind safely in a fun, aviation-themed area prior to boarding. Presented by Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City, the play zone features kid-sized versions of a plane and an air traffic control tower, each with smooth surfaces, low platforms and transfer stations for wheelchair users and persons of reduced mobility. Ticketed passengers are free to enjoy the play zone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no reservation needed.
Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City is a volunteer organization providing children with developmental disabilities the equipment and opportunities needed for activity and inclusion. Learn more about Variety KC here.
Our Quiet Room is a multipurpose space designed to serve anyone and everyone looking for a sense of peace while traveling. Reflect, reset, roll out a prayer rug or yoga mat, or simply escape out of the hustle and bustle of a busy terminal into a serene environment. The Quiet Room is open to ticketed passengers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no reservation needed. It is located in Concourse A, near Gate 12.
The Sensory Room is an interactive space designed to help travelers who are neurodivergent and may become overwhelmed by a bustling and unfamiliar place. Designed for those with autism, dementia or other sensory processing challenges, this space features calm, tiered and tactile-based zoned activity areas, fidget chairs, no loose objects, fully cushioned general areas and carpeted, nonabrasive flooring. The Sensory Room is open to ticketed passengers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no reservation needed.
At Kansas City International, we pride ourselves on creating welcoming and safe spaces for all families. Family restrooms are available throughout the terminal. These are larger bathrooms with a changing station, space for a stroller and a lockable door.
Nursing rooms are one-family rooms. The spaces features adjustable lighting, comfortable seating, a toddler toy, large changing and washing areas and a lockable door.
Prepare For Confidence
Flight travel can be stressful even for the most seasoned passengers, and possibly overwhelming for first-time travelers or those who are neurodivergent. In addition to navigating the various terminal procedures, boarding the plane itself can present a challenge.
The Kansas City Air Travel Experience Room provides a true-to-life space to gain experience with check-in, security screening, boarding and flight procedures, all in a calm and controlled atmosphere. Users are guided through every step of the air travel experience inside a section of an actual Airbus 320 fuselage, with working overhead storage bins, seat belts, tray tables and lavatory, providing hands-on experience in a safe environment. Through practice, the room can help calm fears and ensure a better, real-life flight experience in the future.
Peace of mind for travelers with needs pertaining to:
- Autism Spectrum/Asperger’s Syndrome
- Hearing/Visually Impaired
- Aerophobia/Fear of Flying
- New or uncertain travelers
What to Expect During Your Simulator Visit
Users and caregivers gain experience with check-in, TSA screening, boarding and in-flight procedures, helping to ensure a smoother, calmer real-life flight.
1. WELCOME MESSAGING
- Users are introduced to airport announcements, welcome to gate introduction and instructions.
2. AUDIBLE “DING” AND GREEN LED LIGHT SEQUENCE
- Airport announcements inform users their designated section is now boarding.
3. JET BRIDGE SOUNDS
- Users are introduced to sounds of travelers walking on a hard surface, suitcases crossing thresholds, chatter of voices, etc.
4. JET BRIDGE WELCOME MESSAGE
- Users are prompted by activation prior to entering jet bridge. Time delay messaging welcomes incoming guests to the airplane cabin.
5. IN-SEAT ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Users are prompted by boarding activation and messaging on in-cabin display.
6. IN-FLIGHT SOUNDS AND PROCEDURE
- Users are introduced to engine and cabin sounds replicating flight from takeoff to landing.
Instructions on how to reserve your Simulator time will be announced in the coming weeks.