6 Helpful Tips to Get the Family through Airport Security

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6 Helpful Tips to Get the Family through Airport Security

When the weather outside is frightful, travelling with the kids can be even more challenging.  With bulky coats, scarves, and mittens already slowing you down, you want to make sure to get through security quickly and efficiently. Follow these tips for stress-free security screening:

Put all liquids, aerosols and gels more than 100 ml in your checked baggage

Only amounts less than 100 ml placed in a 1-litre clear, resealable plastic bag are permitted through security with your carry-on bag.

Pack all medications so they can be easily inspected

All prescription and essential non-prescription liquid, gel or aerosol medications (ie. cough-syrup) should be easy to pull out of your carry-on for inspection. Gel and ice packs can be brought on board if they are being used to keep medication cold or to keep food or drink cold for a child under 2 years of age.

Wear easy-to-remove outerwear

Before you leave the house, make sure you and your loved ones are wearing easy-to-remove outerwear. Avoid wearing clothes with metal clasps or snaps.

Check any large winter sports gear

If you are hitting the slopes with the family, you can keep the goggles, gloves and helmets in your carry-on but snowboards, skis and other large sporting equipment needs to be checked in with your airline.

Leave early for the airport

Give yourself plenty of time to check in and go through screening. Check security wait times on CATSA’s website or mobile app.

Use the Family/Special Needs lane

There is extra space at the Family/Special Needs lane to accommodate larger items like strollers and car seats, and screening officers who offer additional assistance.

And voilà! You’ve made it through security with the little ones. For more tips to help you breeze through security, visit CATSA on Twitter or Pinterest.

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