Trenton-Mercer Airport to Host Airport Exploration for Children with Autism

Trenton-Mercer Airport Terminal

Air travel can be an unpredictable experience for even the most seasoned traveler. For children, especially those with special needs, it can be overwhelming.

To help families prepare for air travel, the County of Mercer, Trenton-Mercer Airport and the Mercer County Special Services School District have organized a program called Let’s Investigate Flying Together (LIFT), which is designed to allow children with autism to become familiar with Trenton-Mercer Airport, airport procedures, and the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) process ahead of their air travel trip. The exercise is the airport’s inaugural effort.

The 90-minute program, set for Sunday, May 6, from 7am to 8:30am, will take participants through the experiences of entering the airport, getting boarding passes, going through security, sitting in the passenger hold area, and collecting their luggage through baggage claim.

Airport officials will be on hand to answer questions and help participants understand the airport procedures.

“The ultimate goal is to help families prepare for a positive flying experience from Trenton-Mercer Airport or any other,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

Registration is required and is limited to 75 participants. To participate, please email TTN.LIFT@gmail.com. Upon receipt of your email, participants will be contacted directly and will receive a packet of information about the event.

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