Travelling with children and individuals with autism

Air travel creates unique challenges for children and individuals with autism as well as their families and travel companions. We at Aer Lingus are committed to making each flight enjoyable for all our guests and have partnered with the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support to assist individuals with autism to better understand the process of travel including navigating the airport, boarding, in-flight and arrival.

Together with the Kinney Center at Saint Joseph's University, we have developed a series of visual guides (which you can download below) that can be used by families to prepare and familiarise individuals with autism for their upcoming trip.

These visual guides follow each stage of a typical guest journey on Aer Lingus with slight variations - for example, in-flight entertainment screens are only available on our long-haul flights.

In addition, we welcome any family or companion travelling with someone on the autism spectrum to contact us at specialassistance@aerlingus.com with the name and booking reference of your upcoming flight on Aer Lingus and we will do our best to make your flight a pleasant one.

Pre-flight

Departure airport

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Inflight

Onboard the aircraft

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Post-flight

On arrival

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