May 17, 2011

Crewmembers support Wings for Autism Day at BOS

As Boston’s largest carrier and a company known for its caring Crewmembers, we were the obvious choice when Massport was looking for an airline partner for a special community service event it was planning. On Saturday, May 14, we participated in Massport’s first ever “Wings for Autism Day” supporting the Charles River Center for Autistic Children. The event centered on a field trip to Boston Logan for families with autistic children, which allowed them to get familiar with air travel in a realistic, but low pressure setting.

To facilitate the special day, a group of Crewmember volunteers checked in the families to a faux flight. Then, after the families had passed through security, Crewmembers boarded them on a parked aircraft that had been reserved for the occasion by System Ops.

The day proved to be incredibly moving and was an excellent experience for both the volunteers and the participants.

“Wings for Autism Day” was conceived after the Littlejohn family had an unfortunate experience en route to Disney World last year. After getting through security, the Littlejohns’ autistic son Henry became extremely agitated, and he and his mother were unable to fly and join the rest of the family on the vacation. Thanks to Saturday’s practice run and our compassionate Crewmembers, the Littlejohn family and many others who participated should feel a lot more comfortable next time they fly.

Related:
Boston Globe recap
The Charles River Center

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