Preparing Kids and Families to Go “Above and Beyond”

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – Corpus Christi International Airport (CCIA) is hosting a community event that will help families better prepare for air travel.  CCIA is partnering with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) so that children who have autism can do a practice run on the airport and air travel experience.  The children, their parents, and their therapists will start at the airline ticket counter, work their way through the TSA Security Checkpoint, spend some time in the gate area, and then board a commercial aircraft.  It’s a kind of “rehearsal” for these children and their families. 

This project could only happen with the help of several organizations at CCIA. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), United Airlines, and Southwest Airlines have all committed to participating and working to make this a wonderful learning experience for these families.  “It’s our hope that we will see these families back at CCIA soon taking an exciting family trip to a really fun place,” said Fred Segundo, Director of Aviation at CCIA.  “We really appreciate CARD bringing this idea to us and are thankful that the airlines and TSA were willing to commit time and resources to making it happen,” said Segundo.

Our first “Above and Beyond” will take place this Saturday at CCIA.

Above and Beyond

Saturday, May 26, 2018

CCIA Terminal

9am – 1pm


Media wishing to join us for this event can utilize the commercial lane for parking or can park in the Short-Term parking lot.  (if using the parking lot, please bring in your parking ticket for validation)  

If you need additional information, please contact Kim Bridger-Hunt, CCIA, # 361-774-7871, or Francene Rivera, Operations Manager, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) 1-808-781-5068,