Traveling can be stressful on families with young children. Factor in the overwhelming realities of the travel experience for children with autism, and some travelers may choose to just stay home.
This past weekend, Endeavor and Delta Air Lines partnered with The Arc, a non-profit organization that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to take part in Wings for All.
The event was held at the Appleton, Wisc., airport and hosted more than forty area families. The purpose of the event was to serve as a flight rehearsal, ushering timid travelers through the check-in, security, and boarding process of air travel.
Endeavor crew members CA Billy Roop, FO Troy Merritt, and FA Laura Senkyr welcomed the families onto a CRJ-200 and encouraged them to familiarize themselves with the aircraft. From ringing the call button, to using the onboard bathroom, children and parents alike had a chance to experience air travel without even leaving the ground.
“The goal of the event was to give as much of the travel experience as possible,” noted Laura Senkyr, who has an autistic son herself. “We saw many children who were nervous about getting on the plane, but didn’t want to leave when it was time to go.”