The primary objective of this document is to improve and
standardize the communication normally conveyed via on-board
placarding and lighted signage within the passenger cabin.
Communication through use of the symbology defined herein will
create such benefits as general elimination of bilingual
requirements (increasing comprehension of messages by a greater
number of airline passengers) and significant reductions in
Presently, on-board signage consists mostly of words. An
increasing interest has been experienced in the use of pictorial
matter to convey the message. As a consequence, numerous symbols
have been generated from a variety of sources for these message
requirements. The result has been a conglomeration of artwork
varying widely in style and content. For the most part, their
individual use and application has continued without any assurance
of understandability or effectiveness.
The standards presented in this document offer a uniform system
of symbols and graphic signage which afford improved message
recognition. The symbols used have all received verification
testing to ensure their value.
Adherence to this standard provides a solution to the problem of
proliferation of symbols and artwork variety. Symbology is given
for most messages, however, those messages whose readability is not
clarified by symbolic presentation are not included. A procedure
for additions to the symbols shown is outlined.
The adoption of this standard provides a uniform offering to
airline customers. The approval and use of the standard by AIA and
ATA members will lend the necessary industry wide support to bring
about near term adoption of this symbols standard.
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