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travelling to delhi with autistic child

Old Apr 8, 19, 8:53 am
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travelling to delhi with autistic child

Hi,

First time posting here. Please ignore if I have missed out any details. If you do need more information let me know.

I'll get to the point: I will be travelling with my 3 year child to Delhi soon via AIR INDIA from London. I am super anxious about the airport environment (security queues and stuff) plus when we arrive, I just don't know what to expect. I did a basic search of the assistance section in Heathrow and they were offering services for hidden disabilities which is kind of good to know but couldn't find anything as such when I looked up the Delhi airport website. To go with that its a 9 hour flight which just gives me the chills. I just don't know what to expect. Have done a lot of searching on the internet but haven't actually seen anything related to hidden disabilities assistance related to India (AIR INDIA or Indian airports).

Has anyone ever made a similar journey with their disabled child via AIR INDIA?

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Old Apr 8, 19, 10:26 am
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welcome to ft danish09....what kind of assistance are you looking for????
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Old Apr 8, 19, 1:46 pm
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welcome to ft danish09....what kind of assistance are you looking for????
Hi Keyser,

Thanks for getting back to me. Was looking for some general advise on travelling with autistic children and specifically if someone has travelled on a long distance flight with an autistic child.

Also, I had read about this DNPA code which helps during travel if a person has some kind of disability but I couldn’t find any information on how I could apply for it.

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Old Apr 9, 19, 12:03 am
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there are services available in del like a meet & greet service....they receive you when you exit the plane, take you in an electric buggy to the immigration area, help with your bags at baggage claim & finally escort you to your car or taxi....
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Old Apr 9, 19, 2:12 am
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Use 'Allways' iin Delhi, they will take care of you (for a fee) if you need special help. That said the arrival in DEL is rather calm, you have to walk a rather long open walkway to get to immigration and stand in line for a while depending on what nationality you are. Indians are not very sensitive to autistic children in particular but very understanding and accomodating for children.

Take a look at this section for more tips:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/travel-children-221/
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/disability-travel-224/
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Old Apr 9, 19, 5:04 am
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there are services available in del like a meet & greet service....they receive you when you exit the plane, take you in an electric buggy to the immigration area, help with your bags at baggage claim & finally escort you to your car or taxi....
thats helpful, never knew what meet and greet was! been to the airport couple of times and always came up to this meet and greet and was always wondering what it was.

thanks for letting me know
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Old Apr 9, 19, 8:50 am
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Amazing! thanks a lot for your help. the links help. On a side note I was looking at the video on the delhi airport website. They give a very good view of what one should expect on arrival. though I am still a bit sceptical on how long the queue in immigration will be, since my family has different passports than me. I am kind of worried that they will ask us to split based on Nationality. Don't wanna leave my wife with 2 very young children.
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Old Apr 9, 19, 3:15 pm
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Families are never split up.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 3:16 am
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thanks for getting back
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Old Apr 10, 19, 3:28 am
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We have autistic boy too and he is always OK with the flights. It is worse when it comes to queueing in the airports or any other queueing in a crowd. I mean he can vomit or generally feels unwell. So although he behaves OK and looks fully ft - and doesn't need a wheelchair (he would refuse it) - we always book assistance. Just to avoid queues.
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Old Apr 10, 19, 4:08 am
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I too am worried about the queues. Iv got input from other members regarding the meet and greet and I guess booking assistance makes sense.
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Old Apr 11, 19, 6:32 am
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...and in this way you reminded me we have to do it soon too - for our flights in May. Thank you
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