Manchester Airport: Fast track airport security for families with autistic family members
Here at Holiday Pirates, we believe everyone should be able to travel regardless of of your age or conditions. We feel very strong about freedom to travel and equality, we are extremely proud to say that we will endeavour to support our users in the best way we can. This is regardless of their conditions and special needs, we will share anything that will benefit our reads regardless of how small it is, as long as it helps one family then we have serviced our main purpose Freedom to Travel.
We know when travelling with special needs children such as Autism can often be very difficult even when you are well prepared however, Manchester Airport have just launched a very good scheme which will allow autistic families to be fast tracked though airport security. The whole process of the security checks can be extremely confusing, frighting and stressful for people with special needs especially children so we feel this is a step in the right direction to help the process when travelling abroad. This becomes even more problematic during the peak seasons of travel in particular the school holidays when there is a increased level of passengers trying to get through security. An interesting read may also be our pervious article Autism Friendly Holidays - Our Guide.
- Parents can contact Manchester airport before arrival and will receive a booklet special to each of the their three terminals which will help them understand the process, they will also provide a video which will have a step by step guide in a visual form so they can see what to expect.
- Families will have to confirm their child or family member is on the autism spectrum once this has been done they will receive a special wristband which allows staff to identify who needs to be fast tracked through security.
- Families with with pushchairs and pram can already be fast tracked however, other passengers have to pay extra for this service.
Important Note: Families are asked to prove their child is on the autism spectrum (usually my providing a disability living allowance letter, an occupational therapy report or a disability nurse report.) this has been put in place to stop people abusing the system and shockingly people may do this. If you did turn up on the say and did forget your proof the airport will endeavour to try and help the best they can.
- Phone: 08714 777 747
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