Under Executive Order 13166, signed on August 11, 2000, FAA is responsible for ensuring that LEP individuals have meaningful access to the benefits and services of airports receiving Federal financial assistance. The FAA requires that airport sponsors identify possible LEP populations in their service area and determine the frequency in which these individuals interact with the airport. These factors as well as the resources available to the airport sponsor will determine the level of language assistance the airport must provide.
Addressing LEP is of particular importance to FAA given the likelihood that recipients will encounter international and foreign travelers who might have a limited ability to read, write, speak or understand the English language.
- Executive Order 13166 (PDF)
- Limited English Proficiency - A Federal Interagency Website
- DOT Guidance to Recipients on Special Language Services to Limited English Proficient (LEP) Beneficiaries (66 Federal Register 6733 [January 22, 2001]) (PDF)
- DOT Policy Guidance Concerning Recipients Responsibilities to Limited English Proficient (LEP) Persons (70 Federal Register 74087 [December 14, 2005]) (PDF)
- Language Assistance Self-Assessment and Planning Tool for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance
- Sample Language Identification "I Speak" Flashcard (PDF)