Fly through airport security with your kids
(NC) Snowy weather and bulky outerwear can make flying in winter a hassle, especially if you have children. But getting through airport security doesn't need to add to the stress. Follow these tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) for faster, stress-free security screening this winter:
• Make sure your family wears easy-to-remove outwear and avoid clothing with metal snaps and buttons on your travel day.
• Pack all liquids, aerosols, and gels in your checked baggage. If you need to bring any 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. Keep the bag handy – you will need to put it in a bin for screening.
• Keep the kids happy by packing their favourite snacks – solid foods like fruit and chocolate are allowed in your carry-on bag. Liquids and gels are restricted to 100mL unless you're travelling with a child under the age of two, in which case you can bring more than 100mL of baby food, formula, milk, water and juice.
At the airport
• Use the Family/Special Needs screening line for more assistance. You will find one at most major airports.
• Let a screening officer know if anyone in your family has special needs and requires extra time or help during security screening.
• Make sure your family knows they will need to remove their winter outerwear for screening – coats, hats, etc.
Additional travel tips can be found online at catsa.gc.ca, or mobile at m.catsa.gc.ca. You can also follow CATSA on Twitter (@catsa_gc).
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