How to make air travel easier for seniors

As you prepare to take to the skies this summer, you may have questions about how best to get through security screening. Here are some tips to help you navigate the process with confidence.

First, plan to give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority recommends that you arrive at least two hours in advance for domestic flights and three hours in advance for U.S. and international flights. This will give you plenty of time to make your way through the airport and security screening at a comfortable pace.

Next, pack smart. When placed in your carry-on bag, liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers of 100 ml or less and placed in a clear, resealable 1-litre plastic bag. It’s important to note that the 100 ml rule doesn’t apply to prescription and non-prescription medication. If you have a daily or weekly pill separator, those are also permitted.

Your 1-litre bag, as well as any medication, will need to be removed from your carry-on baggage and placed in the bin for inspection. Remember that while you are limited to two carry-on bags per person, medical equipment and mobility aids are not included in this limit.

Ask for assistance. Air travel can be challenging, especially if you need extra support. But don’t let that stop you. At the security-screening checkpoint, there are several options. If you’re travelling with a mobility aid like a walker, cane or wheelchair, check if there’s a Family/Special Needs line available. This line features screening equipment that can accommodate larger items, and the screening officers can offer additional assistance if you need more time and help with your belongings.

If there is no Family/Special Needs line, let the screening officers know that you require assistance. Upon request, they’ll expedite the screening process for you.

Giving yourself extra time, being mindful when packing and asking for assistance when needed will set you up for success at security screening and start your trip on a positive note. Find more information at catsa.gc.ca

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