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Airport security preparation for families

(NC) March Break is a perfect time to skedaddle from the cold and take a well-deserved family vacation. Unfortunately, the idea of making happy memories can quickly shatter if you are unprepared for airport screening. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) suggests these helpful tips and tricks when traveling with kids so that your airport screening experience is a walk in the park:

At home

• Make sure you and your family wear comfortable clothing with no metal straps or buttons. Ensure that outerwear is easy to take off; this will save you a lot of time since it will need to be removed for screening.

• Pack all liquids 100 ml or less together in a clear and re-sealable plastic bag. Place the plastic bag somewhere that is easily accessible in your carry-on since you will need to take it out for screening.

• Note that all liquids that exceed 100 ml must be placed in your checked baggage, unless you are travelling with a child under the age of two. Baby food, formula, milk, water and juice are acceptable to pack in your carry-on.

• Carry snacks in your carry-on to keep your kids smiling. Make sure that these are solid foods (like fruits and chocolate).

• Pack toys in your carry-on to keep the kids entertained.

At the airport

• Arrive early at the airport. This is crucial especially at peak periods.

• Use the Family/Special Needs screening line.

• Do not leave your baby in a stroller on the x-ray belt. Hold your child in your arms as you pass through the metal detector.

• Inform the screening officer if you require any assistance.

Additional travel tips can be found online at, or mobile at You can also follow the organization on Twitter, @catsa_gc.

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