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Cabin sign standardization sought. (on airlines)

Cabin sign standardization sought

Passengers need a lot of information; where to go, where not to go, what to do and how to do it. The most cost-efficient way to communicate this information is by signs, reserving person-to-person communication for the most important information or as a course of last resort. For a number of reasons, however, signs are not as effective as they are cost-efficient.

A new group of standardized graphic symbols and signs accepted by U.S. airport groups and airframe manufacturers promises to increase sign effectivness, boosting comprehension and safety while reducing the expense associated with the multitude and diversity of past signing techniques.

Until recently, the printed word was dominant, airport and aircraft cabin signage printed in languages selected by the airport authority or airline to reach the largest portion of the passenger population possible within the available space. …

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