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Manchester Airport Has Scheme In Place To Fast-Track Families With Autistic Children

Manchester Airport has launched a scheme where children with autism can be fast-tracked through security to make travelling more easier for them and their families.

The airport has an information booklet, which is specific to each terminal, and there is also a video, which gives children a step-by-step guide of what they can expect when they are at the airport.

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To ensure that no one abuses the system, the airport staff will need to see proof that the child is autistic by showing a disability living allowance letter, an occupational therapy report or a disability nurse report.

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Once confirmed the family will be given a lanyard to wear which will allow them to be fast-tracked through security.

You can pick up a lanyard at one of the Assistance Reception areas. These are available within the Check-in halls in Terminal 1 A and B, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.

A Manchester Airport rep told PRETTY52: "The Autism Awareness scheme has now developed into the Hidden Disabilities Scheme. Passengers can collect a sunflower lanyard from the assistance desks in our terminals, which then identifies them to staff as someone who may need additional support or understanding.

"Our staff have been specially trained to recognise the lanyards and act accordingly. The lanyard permits access to the family and priority lanes at security as well as the use of the special assistance lanes at the UK Border on arrival in to Manchester Airport."

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To download a copy of the booklet visit:

The videos can be viewed at www.manchesterairport.co.uk

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Topics: News, travel

Haleema Khokhar

Haleema Khokhar is a Freelance Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from University of Central Lancashire in Journalism and has since gained over three years experience working within the communications and marketing industry before going freelance as a Content Writer. Contact her on haleema.khokhar@pretty52.com

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