Three years ago, when my family decided to take a month off and visit my husband's family in Ireland, we had no idea what we were in for. It had been a very hard year for my autistic son and the whole family was pretty much exhausted. Despite being very excited to fly and to see his family, my sons nervousness was palpable. The whole check-in process is long and involves every kind of sensory input that can trigger him into a screaming, ranting meltdown and we had not even cleared security. The story was the same on the other end, except that time, he was jet lagged, and the trip was over. Not much positive about that if your five. The 7 hour flight we endured was one of the most stressful events I hope to ever survive and there was still the long wait in line to re-enter on the U.S. side and claim baggage. Never ending misery.