How to Breeze Through Airport Security with Kids
Traveling with children and managing the stresses of airport security with kids can be daunting.But in reality, we have found it not too bad. Have a read and see how we keep our cool when dealing with airport security and kids
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If you have your baby in a wrap or carrier they will likely as you to take it off can just hand carry the baby through. I have found certain airports offer extra screening instead (such as wiping your hands for explosives etc). Usually if my babies were awake, I just took them out of my ergo.
In many airports we have been able to go into the handicap line as those passengers often take longer to pass security and a family with strollers and carseats and baby gear take a lot of time too!
You are able to bring just about as much liquids as you need through security as long as it is for the baby. Be prepared to open it though, so try and bring containers with screw on lids. We carry a carton of rice milk because my boys are lactose intolerant and we make sure to buy one with a screw on lid in case security wants to check it. if you have formula, I suggest a container from Innobaby, their tiered Packin’ Smart is great for pre-measuring out the amounts you need. You can bring sealed water bottles to mix your formula when you are ready to make bottles for your baby. (I always pack two bottles of water when my boys were babies anyways, its expensive to buy before you get on the plane and it’s nice to have something for the plane that has a lid because with kids, you know those glasses they offer on board don’t stand a chance! One mistake we made was bringing our medela travel case with the ice pack. They took the ice pack away. Next time we would leave it at home, pack the bottles in a ziplock with ice and then pour out the ice before security. We were easily able to get ice at the restaurants on the other side of security. The plane also gave us ice and they are usually willing to warm bottles for you too! You just need to ask!
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As for the actual airport security with kids part, we often have car seats and strollers that we choose to gate check. (You can read why we travel with car seats by clicking on the link) As we load our stuff on to the belts they take the items that will not fit into the belt and manually check them. They are often ready for us before we even get through the metal detector.
I have found that the best way to get through security is just to be calm and not rush, explain the liquids (if any) that you have and let them do their job. Don’t argue when they ask to open something to test it, it’s just for everyone’s safety. And if you pack the right kinds of containers before you go, then you will not have a problem with spills or items getting spoiled.
You can also find useful information on security procedures for airports in the USA or Canada. If you are traveling abroad to other countries i highly suggest checking what is and what is not allowed through airport security before you leave for your trip.
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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.