May 28, 2023

Holiday Air Travel with Autism Just got Brighter!

Air travel can be an unpredictable experience for even the most seasoned traveler. For children, especially those with special needs, it can be overwhelming. To help families prepare for air travel, the County of Mercer, Trenton-Mercer Airport and the Mercer County Special Services School District have organized a program called Let’s Investigate Flying Together (LIFT), which is designed to allow children with autism to become familiar with Trenton-Mercer Airport, airport procedures and the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) process ahead of their air travel trip.

The first exercise was held in May and the popularity of the experience attracted more families to particpate at the December 9th event!    Each family experienced entering the airport, getting boarding passes, going through security, sitting in the passenger hold area, and collecting their luggage through baggage claim.   The exercise did not include boarding an aircraft or any actual air travel.    This excersize was beneficial for Airport officials as well as they where able to answer questions from participants about understanding airport procedures.

The ultimate goal was to help families prepare for a positive flying experience from Trenton-Mercer Airport or any other,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.  New Jersey Buzz Says…. that mission was accomplished!   For upcoming events email 

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