VIDEO: Kansas City International Airport hosts 'Wings for Autism' event

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On Saturday, Kansas City International Airport teamed up with American Airlines and ARC, an organization that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for the first "Wings for Autism" event.

Flying can be overwhelming and it can be especially stressful for families who have children with autism and other developmental issues.
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The idea for "Wings for Autism" is to introduce those children to the routines of the airport.

More than 30 families participated in the event that quickly filled up in registrations. 

The flight pushed back from the gate, went around the airfield for about 25 minutes and then came back to the gate.

Organizers say the event gives TSA agents and airline personnel an opportunity to interact and observe how children with autism deal with the stresses of the airport.

The organization plans another event in the fall.

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