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Airports can be stressful, even more so if it involves children. The first time I flew with my son, it was an international trip and he was only 9 months old. I was scared and my biggest fear was to have him cry for several hours straight.
Before embarking in this 14-hour journey, I made sure I packed everything I could possibly need. (Read Travel: How to make the perfect packing list ~Free Checklist~) I made sure to check the TSA website every few days for updates on the screening process. This saved us time and lots of headaches.
A few tips for flying with children:
- Strollers need to be screened too. If its small enough, have it ready to go through the belt. If not, take everything out and have it ready to be checked by one of the agents.
- You can’t go through the metal detector with a wrap carrier, even if you have an infant.
- If your child is under 12 years old, he/she doesn’t have to remove their shoes, headwear or jackets.
- Your children will never be separated from their parents.
- If you have snacks, liquids, breast milk, medicine necessary for your child, let the TSA agents know ahead of time.
If you are traveling with a toddler, it is better to explain the process ahead of time. Knowing what to expect makes things easier on everyone. (Especially if there are toys involved).
On a side note, if you are considering easing things off by enrolling in the TSA Pre Check program, here is some information about the policy when it comes to children. TSA PreCheck Children Remember that this is different than the Global Entry Program, where everyone in your party MUST be enrolled to use its benefits.
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