GREENSBORO, NC -- Flying in airplanes can cause fear and stress in adults. Even more in kids with autism. Kids on the autism spectrum are characterized by challenges with social skills and the sights and sounds associated with airports can create challenges and be overwhelming.

So Saturday, American Airlines offered a unique program at Piedmont Triad International Airport to help. It's called "It's Cool To Fly American Airlines." It's specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families, and aviation professionals. Thirty-eight participants and their families got the chance to 'rehearse' the flying experience.

They got the chance to practice entering the airport, get boarding passes, go through security and board the plane. The plane even left the gate and taxied on the runway as well!

The experience doesn't just help the kids with autism. It gives airport, airline, and TSA professionals the chance to observe, interact, and deliver their services in a structured learning environment.

The American Airlines Abilities Resource Group hosts it's cool to fly events at airports around the nation. You can follow them on social media to find an experience near you.

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