Taking a long-awaited family trip? Tips to avoid security snags

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Posted by KThompson920 from the Travel category at 30 Jun 2022 06:27:31 pm.
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Travelling with family, small children or a large group can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. These family-approved tips can help make security screening at the airport smoother:

Carry on snacks and games
If you’re travelling with an infant younger than two years of age, you can bring baby food, milk, formula, water, juice and other baby items in your carry-on baggage. Packing solid snacks like crackers or cookies, as well as toys and electronics in your carry-on can also help keep older kids entertained.

Arrive early
Arrive at the airport well in advance to give yourself enough time to board your flight even if the kids get hungry or the baby needs changing. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority recommends all passengers arrive at least two hours in advance for domestic flights and three hours in advance for U.S. and international flights.

Check pet policies
If you’re bringing a furry family member, check with your airline on their policies for travelling with animals. If you are taking your pet in the aircraft cabin with you, you’ll need to remove your pet from its carrier at security screening. If you need a private room to do that, just ask.

Prep for screening
If you plan to bring carry-on items that you can pour, spray, or spread, they need to be in containers of 100 millilitres or less and fit in a clear, 1 litre resealable bag. Be ready to have this bag out of your carry-on so the screening officers can inspect it. Exceptions are made for medications, baby formula, and breast milk, but they’ll need to be inspected too.

Place coins, keys, watches, large jewelry, glasses and small metal items in your carry-on bag. Unpack your laptop computer and place it in a bin. Pro tip: put a sticker on your device it so you know it’s yours when it comes out of the x-ray machine. Finally, remove outerwear, including hats, jackets, belts and shoes, and place them in a bin.

Proper packing, arriving early and taking steps to get through security smoothly will help you fly through summer.

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