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

JetBlue’s ‘Wings for Autism’

  ”Wings For Autism’ is a  program developed three years ago by JetBlue airlines to help kids with autism become more familiarize with airport settings. Here are some highlights from May 4th, 2013 event, at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, for those who didn’t get a chance to attend. This post can be printed as… Read More

The Benefits of Attending Jetblue’s ‘Wings for Autism’

What made you come to the JetBlue event? I was approached by another autism family whose child had not experienced flying, thus affecting their ability to go as a family on holiday. Their son and my son have been friends since nursery school, so there was a playful familiarity with each other. My son, Kai, who… Read More

Why Fly with TAM Airlines

When I made plans to fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, I decided to book my flight with TAM Airlines because it is part of the well-trusted Star Alliance .* We had never flown with them before, so I did not know what to expect when I booked my flight.Much to… Read More

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 fun but learn valuable lessons from the bad ones. In our case, as a family with autism one incident can impact the rest of the day. So, we try our best to learn from… 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

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