Air travel today is a process few would describe as simple and stress-free. When traveling with a child navigating baggage check and security gives a parent a workout before even boarding the plane!
Here are two resources oriented for families of children with autism but useful for any parent to check into if you plan to travel by air with your child with a disability:
Wings for Autism The Charles River Autism Support Center, in partnership with Mass port and logan and Manchester airports and the TSA are offering airport rehearsals for children with autism spectrum disorder. The program is designed to allieviate some of the stress involved in taking a family vacation with a child with autism. Families practice entering the airport, getting boarding passes, going through security and boarding a plane.
Click on the link below to register for the next rehearsal- November 3, 2012.https://www.charlesrivercenter.org/index.cfm?cdid=14963&pid=10030
Testing Autism and Air Travel This article in yesterday's New York Times Travel section both details the experiences families of children with autism have had with commercial air travel and gives helpful tips on navigating the experience. http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/travel/testing-autism-and-air-travel.html?ref=airlinesandairplanes