Delta Airlines joins Alaska, American and JetBlue with airport and plane programs that help children with autism – CBS News

Few things are more challenging for children with autism than crowded spaces and loud noises. That makes airports and air travel especially tough. But a new program is giving these children their wings.

Six-year-old Nathan Diamond will be walking on an airplane for the first time since he was a baby. He has autism so the noise and activity of an airport can be overwhelming.

His parents, Sonya and Jonathan, are taking advantage of a special Delta Air Lines program to get kids with autism ready to fly.

“I’ll be honest, it was a little nerve racking I think for us,” Sonya said. “But for him he was like taking the challenge on, like ‘what’s going on.'”

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