Air travel tips for the comfort of seniors
(NC) If your retirement years include an escape from the cold this winter, take a look at these helpful tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to make travelling less hectic.
Consider packing any liquids, gels and aerosols in your checked baggage. If you need to take some with you in your carry-on bag, make sure they are in containers of 100 mL or less, and place them together in a 1-litre clear, re-sealable plastic bag. Pack this at the top of your bag so it is easy to remove at the security checkpoint. If you have liquid and gel-based medication, it should be properly labeled.
Dressing smart is just as important as packing smart. On your travel day, wear comfortable clothing with easy-to-remove outerwear, belts and shoes. Avoid snaps or metal buttons and limit jewelry to small earrings, watches, wedding bands and eyeglasses.
Timing is everything. Make sure you arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight, especially during peak travel times – early morning, noon, early evening and holidays.
At the airport, have your boarding pass ready when you approach the screening checkpoint. If you have mobility issues, look for the Family/Special Needs lane and let the screening officer know your level of ability (e.g. if you can stand or walk unsupported). Your airline is also there to help. If you require assistance through pre-board screening, contact your airline in advance.
More information about security screening can be found by calling 1-888-294-2202 or online at catsa.gc.ca. CATSA is also on Twitter (@catsa_gc).
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