Angie Solis was not sure how her son with autism would handle the airport security check on his first flight. Thanks to a caring TSA agent named Alesea, they were taken to "TSA heaven."
Solis shared her experience on Facebook. She said she arrived at Indianapolis International Airport at 5 a.m. with her 13-year-old son Zion.
As they approached the security line, they saw hundreds of people waiting. She feared Zion's anxiety would cause him to have a meltdown.
Thankfully, Alesea brought Solis and her son through the security line without panic.
"She spoke directly to my son. She treated him like a person with feelings and a voice and worth," Solis wrote in the Facebook post.
Alesea was able to bring Solis and her son to the front of the line. They were able to go through a "gentle security check" where they were not touched and didn't have to remove their shoes.
Solis recommended that any family traveling with a person who has special needs call TSA Cares at 855-787-2227 three days before their departure.
"Thank you TSA, from the bottom of my heart for making this experience stress-free," Solis said. "And for caring enough to understand that some people just process differently and need extra TLC."
Woman praises TSA for helping son with autism on first flight