Tips for Traveling With Children
Traveling with children can be a stressful time for parents, and surrounding passengers. Unlike environments that allow parents to simply “walk away” from a crowd if a child is disruptive, when traveling by plane, everyone is a captive audience with nowhere to go.
There are a few simple steps parents can take when flying with small children that can drastically improve the experience for everyone.
Before You Leave Home
- Take one favorite stuffed toy or other “security blanket” for each child.
- Explain to the child what to expect at the airport, such as crowds, standing in lines, security procedures, etc.
- Go to the TSA website and find out what you can and can’t bring through security, especially as it relates to a child. Also, print a copy of your rights as a parent in case your child has to undergo a secondary screening.
- Explain to your child what to expect on the flight
- Print your boarding passes so you have one less thing to do, even if you are checking luggage
When you get to the airport
- Tell your child what to expect with TSA screening and explain that they are friendly people who are doing this to help make the trip more fun
- Make sure they have an activity to keep them busy while waiting for the flight (this could include access to their favorite toy or reading them a story)
- Have an alternate plan in case your flight is delayed or cancelled (reservation phone numbers, websites, airline mobile apps, etc.)