Long Haul Flights with your Autistic Toddler

Guest post by Karen Brooks     My worst long-haul flight experience One of my ‘roughest’ flights was when I traveled with my son when he was 17 months old. My Kiddo’s seat was my lap.It was the flight that felt like it would never end. We were in the midst of the ‘autism diagnostic… Read More

Surviving Sequestration When Traveling With Kids

Several parents to kids with autism have approached me this week asking for tips to help them navigate the sequestration chaos. As the NY times article points out; delays can vary anywhere from 10-50 minutes depending on the airport. What is clear is that these delays will persist (unless the crisis is solved)  as summer travel peaks in… Read More

No Ice Packs in United’s First-Aid Kits

Over my many years as a frequent flier, I have come across many different people, attitudes, and circumstances. However, I encountered one of the most strange incidents last month on my United flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo.The trouble on the eleven-hour-long flight began with a broken television screen that hit my left leg, not… Read More

Five Lessons Learned from Bad Flight Experiences

Like in life, there are both good and bad experiences in travel. The savvy traveler needs not only to enjoy the good times but to learn valuable lessons from the bad ones. In our case, traveling with an autistic son can make one stressful incident cast a gloomy tone on the rest of the day—sometimes… Read More

Jetblue’s New Program for Families with Autism

Many of you might have heard by now of JetBlue’s new program to introduce autistic kids to flying called “Wings for Independence.‘ In case you were wondering how it felt to be there -here’s a first-hand account from our reader, Jessica Lowrance. How we heard about the program: I have a five-year-old autistic son and… Read More

Traveling with Autism and the TSA

    We consistently hear about nightmares that people suffer at the hands of the TSA. But I want people to keep something in mind; thousands if not millions of people travel on a daily basis, and these intrusive incidents are few and far between. A lot of it has to do being adequately prepared… Read More

Budget Travel-Flying Air Berlin

We decided to give Air Berlin a try for two reasons: cheap pricing, and the fact they had the only direct flights from Tegel Airport to Berlin, Germany to the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. The direct  flight route was of particular importance to me, as this was the first time when I was… Read More

Tips to Avoid Airport Meltdowns for Travelers with Autism

 Part of successfully traveling with autism is the ability of the caregivers to foresee and prepare for those scenarios that can trigger those dreaded meltdowns. Here are tips to avoid airport meltdowns that we have compiled over the years based on our past incidents. Meltdowns due to flight delays #Try to book direct early morning… Read More

Testing the new TSA ‘Opt Out’ Program

    We flew out of Los Angeles International Airport last week, for our weekend in New Orleans.My husband and two sons, all decided to pass through the scanning machine and were cleared quite fast and efficiently.I decided to try the much talked about ‘OPT OUT’ TSA concept that had caused such a news commotion in the… Read More

Meltdown In The Sky: A Personal Story of Flying with Autism

“An old Romanian joke speaks of a dad sitting on a bench in the park with a unrelentingly screaming baby in his arms whispering, “Ferdinand be calm, Ferdinand be calm.” A well-meaning bystander who witnesses the situation approaches the dad and asks, “Shouldn’t you be trying something different since it’s obvious that whispering is not calming the child?”. “Oh, no,’”… Read More

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