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MotherKnowsBest
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14 Dec 2011, 5:16 am

Request disabled assistance when you book. Within the EU this service is free (don't know about elsewhere). This is what we do with my daughter. It makes the process so much easier. We don't go through the regular security, we get taken through the staff one (very quiet) just before boarding and then get escorted all the way to our seats (reserved near the entrance) once everyone else is on and seated.



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14 Dec 2011, 8:38 am

Last year i took my 2 children to australia from the UK, my son was 6 and is autistic, my daughter is NT. This is about a 23hour flight and i was honestly dreading it. We were going to a family wedding or i wouldn't have dreamed of taking him on such a long flight for his first time travelling.

Like the above poster i made sure the airline was aware of my son's autism, and we were allowed to board first and leave last on the airplane. The airport also provided a special information pack for autistic children that explained all the different procedures. We also arranged for a wheelchair to be available at singapore when we changed planes (he is perfectly able to walk but we felt he would be better sitting and pushed as he would be very tired and would otherwise have to be carried). I filled my bag with snacks, drinks and he had his DS with him and his ear protectors and special blanket. We took pullups with us and spare clothes in case of accidents. We took his favorite soft toy with us too.

He was enthralled with the onboard entertainment screens in front of him. In fact he coped with the travelling better than the rest of the family :D Slept well, had no meltdowns (which is more than can be said for me, i was drained by the end of it). I actually think the noise of the plane, which i thought would irritate him, relaxed him...

Anyway, plan ahead, research any and all help available, and good luck :)



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14 Dec 2011, 3:05 pm

Wreck-Gar wrote:
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Gun for ascending and descending


I am pretty sure this is not allowed. :wink:


Holy cow! ROFL!! !!

Fixed ;)


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14 Dec 2011, 8:06 pm

DW_a_mom wrote:
Wreck-Gar wrote:
DW_a_mom wrote:
Gun for ascending and descending


I am pretty sure this is not allowed. :wink:


Holy cow! ROFL!! !!

Fixed ;)

:lol: I needed a good chuckle right now, thanks!



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16 Mar 2012, 9:32 am

Just found this great resource with social stories on TAP, one pertains specifically to airline travel: http://accessibility.theautismprogram.org/guides



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16 Mar 2012, 1:51 pm

My daughter was always an excellent traveler. With the exception of airport waits, she did great. Her only issue with traveling as she became old enough to pack herself....she wants to be prepared for every circumstance that might occur. She packs a huge amount. Medication, bandaids...(anything that might come up is handled)...yikes. But she loved plain travel...car travel to because she was soo good at entertaining herself. Course at the end of long road trips it looked like the car exploded...but still.