November 6, 2012
Flying with Kids – 6 Tips for Clearing Security with Ease
Thanksgiving is fast approaching. If you are one of the thousands of people flying the friendly skies this holiday season, these tips will help you pack so that you clear security with ease.
- Know the rules. Take 5 minutes to check the rules at TSA.gov to make sure nothing has changed since your last flight. This applies even if you are a frequent traveler!
- Pack smart. Remember the 3-1-1 rule and make sure all liquids and gels are in an easily accessable quart-sized zip top bag. When in doubt either leave it at home, put it in the bag or include it in your checked bags.
- Double check your carry-ons. Kids have a strange habit of sneaking things into their bags – glitter wands and silly putty will guarantee an extra security search.
- Avoid lotions and soaps containing glycerin (note this is just about all of them!) while packing and handling your bags. Traces of glycerin on your bags can subject you to extra screening.
- Keep those electronics handy! You need to pull out all laptops at the security line, don’t bury it underneath a bunch of other things. If traveling outside the US, it is likely that you will need to remove your iPad or tablet from your carry-on as well.
- Dress for success. All coats and bulky sweaters will need to be removed. Instead of hassling with taking them off at the security checkpoint, tuck them in an outside pocket of your carry-on bag. Better yet, check them! Adults and kids over 12 will need to remove shoes. A note of caution – kids under 12 will be required to remove their shoes if they set off the metal detector so avoid boots and stiff shoes with metal sole supports.