It can be difficult to work your way through an airport but for travelers with disabilities and medical conditions it can be completely overwhelming. The John Wayne International Airport wants all its passengers to have an enjoyable airport experience and to travel safely so they offer a number of accessible services here.

Before traveling consider the following tips:

Arrive at the recommended airport arrival time (1.5 – 2 hours early for domestic flights and 3 hours early for international flights) or earlier. If you will need special accommodations while flying be sure to contact the airline ahead of time.

All parking facilities at the Orange County Airport offer accessible parking spaces. In order to part in one of these spaces be sure to display a valid Disabled Person Parking Placard or license plate. At John Wayne Airport there are elevators located in the parking garages as well as near the escalators near the terminal exits and at Gate 1A.

All restrooms at the airport are wheelchair accessible and drinking fountains near the restrooms in the terminals are accessible as well.

All passengers must go through security checkpoints and this includes disabled travelers. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has created the TSA Cares Help Line in order to assist disabled travelers with the screening process. The passenger should call the Help Line 72 hours prior to traveling to learn what to expect during the screening. Calling the hotline allows TSA Cares the opportunity to coordinate checkpoint support at the airport if necessary. Learn more about TSA Cares Help Line here.

The airport offers a Pet Relief Area for passengers traveling with service animals.

To request special assistance ask at the airline ticket counter or contact the airline prior to traveling.

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