Simple airport security tips for seniors
(NC)—Getting ready for a vacation can be hectic – especially if you're a senior and not sure what you can bring with you in carry-on baggage. The following tips can make the experience less stressful and help get your next trip off to a smooth start:
• All prescription medications are allowed in carry-on baggage. To ensure a quick screening, make sure your medications are clearly labelled with your name.
• Essential non-prescription medication (cough syrup, eye drops, contact lens solutions, rash creams, gel pills, etc.) can be carried in containers larger than 100 ml in carry-on baggage. These must be given to the screening officer separately.
• Diabetes medications and equipment, including syringes, are permitted. Diabetic travellers are also allowed to bring juice or carbohydrate gel packs.
• Wheelchairs, walkers, prosthetic devices and any other disability-related equipment are permitted through the security checkpoint. Keep in mind that prosthetic joint replacements often have metal parts – bring a note from your doctor in case your new hip sets off the metal detector.
• Medical defibrillators and small oxygen or air cylinders for medical use may be packed in carry-on or checked baggage with the air carrier's approval.
• If you have any concerns about the screening process, check with your doctor before flying to determine if it is safe for you to go through the metal detector or be hand-wanded. If not, you can request a physical search.
• You can use the Family/Special Needs security line. Screening officers at these lines are trained to offer additional assistance and the x-ray equipment is designed for larger items like wheelchairs.
• Finally, do not hesitate to ask screening officers for assistance with mobility aids and carry-on items as you proceed through security.
• Additional tips are available online at www.catsa.gc.ca, or on the mobile site m.catsa.gc.ca and Twitter @catsa_gc.
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