Getting here wasn’t half the fun, but not too bad at all. 

We flew from manchester airport with Thomas cook last Sunday. Traveling through somewhere as noisy, busy and crazy as an airport with an autistic child didn’t look like fun. 

Luckily Thomas Cook and Manchester Airport made it so easy! We checked in the night before so could just turn up at the airport and clear security the morning of our flight. 

Manchester airport operate an autism friendly service, to apply you need to email customer services who send you out a pack and identifying wristband. This allows the whole family to use the fast tack through security cutting your waiting time down to near enough zero. 
The flight was brilliant, the refurbished a330 was comfortable and even my 6’3″ husband had tons of leg room. The food was some of the best we’ve ever had and the entertainment system slick and with a good selection of films and tv. 10 hours went better than could be expected. 

On arrival we were paged and escorted straight to immigration and through in under 20 minutes. We landed at 11:40, by 2pm we were sat by the pool enjoying a tray of wings and drinks!

Between Thomas cook and manchester airport our getting to the west coast was easy peasy. 

Getting ready to fly. 

Not long now and the CunardCritic team and kids will be heading to the USA! 

Flying this weekend to Las Vegas; we will be visiting the Titanic exhibition at the Luxor before heading to LA to visit the original Queen Mary. 

We are flying then to New York to join QM2 to Southampton via Halifax. 

Join us as we spend two weeks enjoying sun, sea and ships!