It’s not secret that we love to travel. New places, new adventures and time to be together as a family without the distractions of everyday life. Whether it’s a trip to visit family, a cruise or a weekend getaway we fly at least a few times a year. What I’ve learned from years of travel with my boys is that getting through the airport and airport security faster is key to have a great trip. If you’ve travelled with kids you know this is a place where tensions are sometimes high and kids are not great with long lines. We have some great tips on how to get your family through airport security faster.
The summer months are the busiest time of the year for Canadian airports. If you’re travelling by air with your family, you want to make sure your experience at the security checkpoint is quick and hassle-free. For tips on how to get through screening in no time, who better to ask than the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)? We asked so you don’t have to — follow their three top tips below to be that much closer to your summer destination.
How to Get Your Family through Airport Security Faster
- Pack like a pro. Before leaving the house, double check that your family’s carry-on bags don’t have any prohibited items. The “What Can I Bring” page on CATSA’s website or on their mobile app can help you with this. Remember that liquids, gels and aerosols — including suntan lotion, insect repellent, toothpaste, shampoo, food products and beverages — must respect the 100 mL limit. If any of these items are over the limit, place them in your checked bags.
- Keep children happy. You can ensure your kids have something to eat that they actually like by packing their favourite snacks. Solid foods like sandwiches and granola bars are allowed in your carry-on bag, but liquids and gels like yogurt and pudding are not. If you’re travelling with a child under age two, you can bring more than 100 mL of baby food, formula, milk, water and juice. Don’t forget to bring their favourite toys, but avoid travelling with toys that look like weapons.
- Be ready for security. When you arrive at the checkpoint, look for the family/special needs line. If you do not see it, ask an agent they will be happy to direct you. Make sure you have everyone’s boarding passes ready to present to the officer. Leave small electronic devices in your carry-on bags, and remove laptops and any liquids, gels and aerosols from your bags for inspection. Also be sure to put hats and jackets in the bins provided. Most importantly, don’t forget to take all your belongings after screening.
While many are nervous about travelling with children we believe the best policy is to be patient, plan ahead and be ready for delays and lines with toys, snacks, books and activities your kids love.
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by CATSA. As always, all opinions are my own.