BANGOR – Bangor International Airport hosted a special dress rehearsal to provide a mock, yet realistic, opportunity to experience traveling in an airport.
The Arc and the Autism Society of Maine co-hosted the Wings for All program.
The goal was to show people with autism or disabilities the airport experience and even get them on a plane provided by Allegiant Air.
“The goal is to create awareness of people with disabilities and to let these families practice this to see if flying is something that they can do in the future,” said Keery Mauger, a representative of The Arc.
“Many families who have a kid with autism or a disability are afraid to fly because they don’t know if it would be successful. So we’re allowing families to come and test it out so that they can take that trip to Disneyland or go visit grandma or grandpa across the country,” Mauger said.
Airport officials said Saturday’s event was the first of its kind in Maine.