Nov 23, 2018
'Plane-spotting helps my autistic son'
Calum Thomson stands transfixed as an Emirates 777 takes off at Glasgow Airport and roars into the skies directly over his head. The 18-year-old is no stranger to the airport, having spent the best part of a decade spotting planes in the company of family members. Calum is there with his father Tommy and dozens of other members of the Glasgow Airport Spotters Group. Glasgow-based Tommy, 48, a keen photographer who takes Calum out spotting almost every day, says the airport is his son's "Happy place". "The airport helps take things back to normal - he's more relaxed, he's more calm and the biggest bonus is his social interaction." Airport officials are considering granting the plane-spotters access to other restricted areas of the airport in the future.
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