Columbia Regional Airport opens handicap-accessible bathroom

4 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, July 01 2015 Jul 1, 2015 Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:32:00 PM CDT July 01, 2015 in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Regional Airport announced Wednesday it opened a new handicap-accessible bathroom in the secure area of the terminal.

Columbia Public Works said the restroom is located where passengers wait to board flights.

The family restroom is fully ADA compliant and has a changing table for infants. Once passengers have passed the TSA security checkpoint, they now have access to a restroom and drinking fountain. 

The new restroom also means passengers who have to deplane a diverted aircraft at Columbia Regional would not have to be re-screened before getting back on the plane. They can now wait in the secure area, with access to a bathroom, and comply with FAA Tarmac Contingency rules.

The cost of the drinking fountains and restroom, including materials and labor, was $34,800, according to public works. That money was provided through the Passenger Terminal Upgrade project.

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