Children with autism take mock flight

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — About 50 students with autism participated in a mock flight in South Florida, allowing parents to gauge how their children might behave on a plane.

As part of the Autism in Flight program, the children and their parents boarded a JetBlue plane at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Thursday for a pretend flight to Honolulu.

After going through security, waiting at the gate and being exposed to the many other experiences that can stress out even veteran air travelers, the families got on the plane for about a half-hour.

Tim Arnwine, a parent of a son with autism, came up with the idea last year. He told The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/q9jpWN ) that a lot of parents are afraid to risk a $300 or $400 airline ticket for a child if they don't know how the child is going to act.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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