Flying Virgin America with Autism

We recently flew Virgin America out of LAX. Overall, the experience surpassed our expectations in accommodations, entertainment, comfort, and compassion for autism travel.  Booking Process I booked our flights on the Virgin America website, though I ended up having to fly a week earlier than my husband and my son who has autism. All three… Read More

Flying on Delta Airline’s Economy with Autism

We recently flew in economy class on a Delta 757D aircraft. Our original plans changed in the 11th hour; here’s a review of our autism travel experience with Delta Airlines without any advance coordination or accommodation.  Booking Process Our flight with Delta began with a booking on United and due unforeseen circumstances we were transferred at the… Read More

JetBlue Airline’s Autism-Friendly Service

When it comes to airlines offering top-notch autism-friendly service, JetBlue has been one of our favorites.We recently had our first opportunity to test their accommodations for ourselves and see exactly how autism-friendly the airline truly is. For many years I’ve been following with interest JetBlue’s efforts to help travelers with autism get accommodations when they… Read More

Must Have Items when flying with Autism

This month’s question comes from a Facebook follower, a parent, who is wondering what items are essential to pack when flying with a kid on the autism spectrum. Of course, each kid has his or hers favorite things so my tips will solely focus on the ‘essential items’ in all categories, that should be packed with… Read More

Traveling with Autism? Tips for Successful Road Trips

Every summer questions about car travel seem to top our e-mail inquiries. So, naturally thought I’d share this one as the ‘Ask Margalit’ question of the month.   Dear Margalit, Later this summer for our family vacation we are taking a road trip across five Southern States! I am looking forward to it but also dreading… Read More

Stress Free Flight with Autism? It Can Be Done!

This month’s question for the “Ask  Margalit’ is one that many parents have struggled with over the years. It is how to have stress-free flights with special needs kids.Though challenging, it is possible to achieve with careful planning. Dear Margalit When I was single  I loved traveling. In fact, before I had children, flying felt… Read More

Say Yes to the Global Entry Program

This month’s ‘Ask Margalit’ section deals with the Global Entry program that the TSA  has recently launched in the United States and whether it presents and any benefits for the autism community. Hi, Margalit.  “I’m writing from Ohio. I travel quite a bit here in the US and sometimes abroad. I have a daughter who… Read More

Flying with Autism on CRJ -700 Planes

I remember a decade ago when we first started traveling extensively how squeamish I was about flying to Savannah airport in a CRJ 700 plane. In my defense, I had flown earlier that year in a 25- seater plane from Vancouver to Seattle during a storm, which had traumatized me. To my surprise, the flight… Read More

Airport Security Tips For Families With Autism

Due to the ever-changing airport regulations, many travelers find it difficult to know what to expect from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport security checkpoints on any given day. Even more confusing is the fact that the checks vary from airport to airport, some done with body scanners while others still use the… Read More

10 Tips To Avoid Missed Flight Connections

A missed flight connection can be a traveler’s worst nightmare. It often results in unplanned additional travel expenses for food and lodging as well as unnecessary stress for all members of the travel party. Though some of the times, the mishap can be weather related or because of unforeseen airline delays, many other times the situation… Read More

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