Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S04-25. Escalator Falls

Airports terminals are space constrained and many airport operators see escalators as a necessity and as the most efficient way to convey travelers vertically between levels. Escalator equipment design and layout considers people, travel speed, and redundancy, but not typically luggage and mobility devices that airport travelers bring with them. Airport escalators convey increasing volumes of airport users, are a necessary risk, and are not going away any time soon. Escalator placement in airport terminals was not historically co-located with elevators, so many travelers choose to take themselves, their belongings, and their travel companions on easily found escalators instead of elevators that many times are inconspicuous. As airport terminals are being renovated and reconfigured to work around existing infrastructure, design and technology can be used to improve safe escalator use. Airport operations staff use signage, lighting and sound to notify and educate travelers, and video coverage to manage risk. Airport operators would like to better understand what they can do to safely accommodate traveler needs for vertical conveyance and to provide devices, design strategies, signage, education, and manage data to reduce escalator fall risks. The objective of this research is to identify and describe how airports mitigate risks from escalator usage. The target audience for this synthesis is airport operators (planning and engineering groups; marketing, customer experience, and revenue/advertising; safety and risk managers; maintenance); designers, architects and consultants; airport management companies and building operators; insurance carriers and brokers; and escalator manufacturers.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S04-25

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Principal Investigators:

    Hunter-Zawarski, Katharine

  • Start Date: 20190701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01687064
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S04-25
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 26 2018 3:04PM