Making Flying Easier for Families Affected by Autism

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Autism Speaks and JetBlue Airways are working to make flying less difficult for families of autistic children. The airline and the organization joined together on Sunday, September 21, 2014, for a Blue Horizons for Autism airport rehearsal event, which gives families and individuals affected by autism a chance to experience air travel in a realistic but relaxed environment.

More than 250 people attended the rehearsal at JFK International Airport in New York City. Participants were able to check in at the ticket counter, proceed through security screening, and wait at a gate for their flight.

Families boarded a plane and were taken through pre-takeoff procedures by JetBlue crew members. Though the plane didn’t take off, it taxied around the jetway for 20 minutes to simulate the in-air experience.

In addition to the travel simulation, Autism Speaks created a resource guide to better prepare families for trips to the airport.

Autism Speaks plans to hold more Blue Horizons for Autism events and will update its website and Facebook page with details.

Flying with kids can be difficult, and flying with an autistic child can be even more challenging. Share your experiences in the comments.

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