Travelling as a family is no simple task, but with a little planning, it can be a fun and memorable experience for everyone. A few tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) can help make your summer air travel experience run smoothly.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when travelling with children is to allow yourself plenty of time at the airport to check in, go through security and get to your gate. It’s recommended that you arrive at least two hours in advance for domestic flights and three hours in advance for U.S. and international flights.
Packing for children can be a fun activity if you involve them in the process. Let them choose a few items, such as a favorite toy or book, to keep them entertained during the flight. Snacks can also keep everyone happy. Solid foods are permitted in your carry-on baggage, but liquids, aerosols and gels are limited to containers of 100 ml or less and must fit in a 1-litre clear, resealable plastic bag.
These restrictions don’t apply to items for infants younger than two years of age, such as baby food, milk, formula, water and juice. Note that certain powders and granular materials (e.g. baby powder, sand, bath salts) in your carry-on are limited to a total quantity of 350 ml or less.
Prepare your children for screening
Another great idea is to discuss the screening process with your children before arriving at the airport. Let them know that they’ll need to remove their jacket and put their bag in a bin to be inspected by a screening officer. You can even get them to practice walking through a doorway at home and pretend it’s a metal detector. Making it a fun game can help them understand what to expect ahead of time.
Travelling as a family doesn’t always go as planned, but by following these tips, your next vacation can be a memorable one for all the right reasons.
Find more information at catsa.gc.ca