Rising Warrior: 6 Airport Yoga Rooms - United Hub

Rising warrior: 6 airport yoga rooms

By The Hub team, September 09, 2016

Yogis rejoice — just when you thought there was no escape from the hectic nature of your travel life, now you finally have a place to take a deep breath and get your zen on. Not every airport is offering airport yoga rooms or studios just yet, but you might be surprised to know which ones do. Almost all of the facilities are free and offer any equipment you may need in order to practice yoga. If you're traveling, yoga rooms can provide a much-needed calming environment and help you reinvigorate and prepare for a long flight. Regardless of why you may need some yoga time, check out these airports offering dedicated yoga spaces.

San Francisco International Airport, California

There are two yoga rooms located at the San Francisco International Airport, one located in Terminal 2 and another in Terminal 3, and both are open 24 hours. The rooms are narrow, with wood floors and floor to ceiling mirrors, and yoga mats are available for travelers to use. If you happen to be using the yoga room in Terminal 3, pick up a post-yoga treat at Fraîche, an organic fresh yogurt and frozen yogurt shop about 10 gates away from the yoga room.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Texas

Located near gate D40 in the hallway connecting Terminals B and D, and near gate E31, Dallas/Fort Worth's Yoga Studios provide free mats to use and have an instructional video playing on a loop for those who might need some tips on poses. If it's early morning, or you just love breakfast foods, check out Cereality, a breakfast bar that celebrates the first meal of the day and has great cold cereal and oatmeal options.

London Heathrow Airport, England

Available in a pay-for-use lounge at Terminal 4 in London Heathrow, this studio started as a pop-up that prompted such a great response it became permanent. With paid entry, guests also have access to an oxygen bar and wellness center. The studio has yoga mats and exercise videos available for use as well.

Frankfurt Airport, Germany

Just this year, Frankfurt Airport opened two new yoga rooms, one in Terminal 1 and the second in Terminal 2. Everything is free to use, including mats, blocks, cushions and pads. The room is dimly lit and has floor-to-ceiling mirrors, as well as a massive Buddha portrait, which adds to the chilled-out environment inside.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Illinois

The yoga room at Chicago O'Hare is located in Terminal 3 and has bamboo flooring, a mirrored wall and a video on an endless loop in case you need a reminder for which pose to do next. Yoga mats are provided, and peaceful, relaxing sounds come through the speakers. Additionally, disinfecting wipes are provided to help ensure the mats are properly cleaned before and after each use.

Burlington International Airport, Vermont

The best thing about the yoga room at Burlington Airport is that Evolution Yoga, a local studio, designed it. Who better than a yogi to know what's best for another yogi? From picking out the mats and meditation pillows to selecting paint colors for the walls, this place was well thought out. Additionally, there is a family restroom located across from the studio, which has a shower in it, in case you need to rinse off afterward.

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Entertainment for all

By The Hub team, August 04, 2020

Our Marketing Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity team and Bridge, our Business Resource Group (BRG) for people with all abilities, partnered together to test and provide feedback on our award-winning seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) system.

Aptly named "Entertainment for all," our new seatback IFE system offers the an extensive suite of accessibility features, allowing for unassisted use by people of all visual, hearing, mobility and language abilities.

"It's nice to know that I can get on a plane and pick my favorite entertainment to enjoy, just like every customer," said Accessibility Senior Analyst and Developer and Bridge Chief of Staff Ray C., who is blind.

"As a deaf employee, the closed captioning availability on board our aircraft is something I value greatly," added Information Technology Analyst Greg O. "The new IFE further cements United's visibility within the deaf community and elsewhere. It makes me proud to be an employee."

Accessibility features of the new IFE include a text-to-speech option, explore by touch, customizable text size, screen magnification, color correction and inversion modes, and alternative navigation options for those unable to swipe or use a handset. For hearing-impaired and non-English-speaking passengers, customization options provide the ability for customers to be served content and receive inflight notifications based on their preferences and settings —with closed captions, with subtitles or in the language of their choice from the 15 languages supported. Our "Entertainment for all" system won the Crystal Cabin Award in 2019, and recently, the Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Research and Development Award for Audio Description by the American Council of the Blind.

"This really showed the benefits of partnering with BRGs in helping us improve products and services for our customers and employees," said Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity Senior Manager Corinne S. "Even though we have been recognized with awards for our IFE accessibility features, we are not resting on our laurels but continuing to work towards improving the inflight entertainment experience for all of our customers to ensure entertainment is available for all."

Shaping an inclusive future with Special Olympics

By The Hub team, July 24, 2020

If your travels have taken you through Chicago O'Hare International Airport anytime since October 2019, you may have had a friendly, caring and jovial exchange with Daniel Smrokowski. Daniel is one of four Service Ambassadors thanks to our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics. This inaugural ambassador program aims to provide Special Olympic athletes employment opportunities within our operation, affording them a unique and meaningful career.

Since 2018, our partnership with Special Olympics has become one of United's most cherished relationships, going beyond the events we take part in and volunteer with. While the plane pull competitions, polar plunges, duck derbies and Special Olympics World Games and other events around the world are a big part of our involvement, the heart of this partnership lies with the athletes and individuals supported by Special Olympics. To advocate for their inclusion in every setting is one of our biggest honors, and we take great pride in the role we play in the organization's inclusion revolution.

Aiding in the success of Special Olympics' mission to create continuing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, throughout the two-year partnership, United has volunteered over 10,500 hours and donated over $1.2 million in travel to the organization. The impact of this partnership is felt at every level, both at Special Olympics and within our own ranks.

"The Inclusion Revolution campaign, led by our athletes, aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. United Airlines has joined in our fight for inclusion, empowering our athletes with the skills needed to succeed and opportunities to contribute their abilities as leaders," said Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. "United Airlines believes that people with intellectual disabilities should be perceived as they really are: independent, world-class athletes, students, employees, neighbors, travelers, and leaders who contribute to make this world a better place."

Our Service Ambassador program is just one of the many ways Special Olympics has impacted not only our employees, but also our customers. "I see every day how our Service Ambassadors connect with our customers the moment they walk into the airport lobby," said Senior Customer Service Supervisor Steve Suchorabski. "They provide a warm, welcoming smile ad assist in any way they can. To see these young adults hold positions that a society once told them they couldn't is truly the most heartwarming part of my job," Steve continued.

"The opportunity to be a part of the United family means everything to me," Daniel said. "I feel so much pride showing up to work in a Special Olympics/United co-branded uniform, working among such a loving and supportive community. The relationship between these two organizations is truly helping to shape my future while letting me use my gifts of communicating and helping others. Hopefully, I can spend my entire career at United," Daniel added.

In honor of Special Olympics' Global Week of Inclusion in July, we're asking our employees, customers and partners to sign a pledge to #ChooseToInclude at jointherevolution.org/pledge.

And be sure to check out Daniel's podcast The Special Chronicles.

United works with partners to send food to USDA food bank

By The Hub team, July 23, 2020

In collaboration with food-logistics company Commodity Forwarders Inc. (CFI), United moved nearly 190,000 pounds of fresh produce to Guam for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. This new program was created to provide critical support to consumers impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

A variety of fresh fruits were transported from Los Angeles (LAX) to Guam (GUM) on United's newly introduced, non-stop cargo-only flight – a route added to meet cargo demand during the COVID-19 crisis. The fresh food was repacked in 10-pound cases in Los Angeles, prepared for departure at CFI's LAX location, and flown to GUM by the United team. Through this beneficial partnership between United and CFI, the perishable goods were kept cool during every step of the process and distributed as part of the food bank program in Guam.

"Everyone on our team has worked relentlessly during the pandemic to get critical goods to where they are needed most. Establishing a comprehensive network of cargo-only flights have allowed us to keep the supply chain moving even while passenger flight capacity has been reduced," said Regional Senior Manager of Cargo Sales, Marco Vezjak. "Knowing that we are able to help during these difficult times – in this case the Guam community – is our biggest reward and greatest motivation to keep moving forward."

United is proud to play a role in maintaining the global food supply chain and helping people access the supplies they need. Since March 19, United has operated over 4,000 cargo-only flights, moving over 130 million pounds of cargo.

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