Airport Security: Holiday Travel
TSA rules and airport security during the holiday travel season can increase the delays and frustration that families face when flying with kids. TSA has put together a new campaign (SimpliFLY) to help passengers face airport security with confidence.
Check it out! http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/simplifly.shtm
Some of the best tips when traveling with kids is to have any liquid medicine in a ziplock (you can use a gallon size for medications) and place it in the bin, communicating with the agents that the bag contains liquid medicine (like Motrin, Tylenol, etc.)
Also- you are able to bring juice and milk through security as long as your child is with you and usually under the age of 3. However, this also needs to be brought to the attention of the security agents and communicated that the beverage is for your child.
Most important is to talk to your child about security so they are prepared to remove shoes and put their toys and blankets through security. A great tool for this is the DVD Toolkit Shae By Air. If your child will not walk through the detector, carry them.
I recently returned from Europe, and found that if you follow our TSA guidelines, you will be fine traveling internationally as the airport security rules are similar- actually a bit less restrictive as we did not have to remove our shoes and were pleasantly surprised a couple times by separate family/stroller lines. (but do not count on this!)
I like the slogan SimpliFLY – as it really does make a huge difference in eliminating frustration and delays if things are kept simple and organized prior to entering security.
And definitely – always allow extra time!!
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