If you are planning a vacation this summer and are bringing your infant or small child, there are many things you must know before you go. With the heightened levels of security, a trip to the airport may seem daunting however, if you know what to expect, you can make the trip much smoother for both you and your child.
Everyone, regardless of age is required to go through screening. If you are a parent of a child under 12 however, your child will not be required to take of their shoes any longer. If your child is still in a safety seat, you will be asked to remove your child from the seat and place the seat on the belt for xray. You will be asked to walk through the screening while holding your baby.
All toys and items for your child will also require screening.
If you are traveling with a stroller or other item which will not fit through the scanner, it will be hand inspected by an officer.
The 3-1-1 Rule In Regards To Your Infant
Many parents will have with them more than the standard 3 oz of milk and or juice or even mediation. For this reason, TSA has modified rules for just this situation. If you are parent who has more than the 3 oz rule allows, simply announce this to the security and present them for further screening.
Note: After clearing security, passengers can now bring beverages on board which were purchased in the secure boarding area.
Tips To Help
Pack light – You will already have your hands full, so pack only what you will need and check the rest.
Wear your baby – Baby wraps make it much easier. You may be required to go through further screening if you were it through the security, but it will still make it simpler most of the time.
When taking off or landing, the air pressure may affect your baby and they do not have ability to reduce the pressure as we would so, try to let your baby sleep or give them to suck on during this time as it may help reduce the pressure.
Safety Vs Cost
We all understand that money is tight and today, airlines still consider it ok for you to fly with your child under 2 on your lap, however, is this really safe? Sure it will save you money but recent studies have shown that in the event of a hard landing or take off, you may have trouble maintaining your grip on your child, putting them in danger. Many travelers are choosing instead, to use the car seat just as recommended in the car, while you will be required to pay for an extra seat, you are ensuring that your child may also be safer. Weigh your options carefully and choose based on your comfort level.
If you are traveling this summer, make sure you enjoy your vacation to the fullest by simply know the rules and what to expect before you leave. An informed traveler is a prepared traveler and often, a much happier traveler. Do your part to become a more informed traveler and enjoy your vacations with reviews fromTradewinds Vacations.