Children with autism practice travel at NY’s JFK

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of families with children with autism have practiced air travel at New York’s Kennedy International Airport.

JetBlue Airways and the nonprofit Autism Speaks held the practice run for families at JFK on Saturday.

Participants waited in line to check in, got boarding passes, went through security, and got onboard a real JetBlue Airways plane.

The pilot left the gate and made announcements as if the aircraft were taking off but the plane taxied around the airport for about 20 minutes before returning.

Parents say they appreciated the ability to practice with their children, who ranged on the spectrum from mild to severe.

Many had never been on a plane before. Some of the children wept, others laughed and some slept during the brief taxi around the airport. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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