Airport security can be a stressful experience when you have children, however, it doesn’t have to be. Today, I’m collaborating with Aviation Spares & Repairs to share with you some tips on how to have a hassle-free airport security experience with kids.
Aviation Spares & Repairs provides all types of aviation equipment you can find at airports, and since they’ve been in the business for over 30 years, they know all about what goes on at airports plus, the best ways to go through airport security with and without kids.
Preparation is key
If you are travelling with your partner, decide in advance who will be in charge of what. This includes folding the stroller, carrying the baby, taking off shoes, and so on. Travel Mamas also advises to not wrap any gifts you might be considering taking with you on your holiday, as security officers may need to unwrap them for control purposes.
Use fast track or the family lane
The fast track lane can be a godsend to many travellers who are looking for a stress-free experience and a short queue. According to research done by Which? fast-track lanes differ from airport to airport, with some airports offering an expensive fast-track lane when you have children, others don’t let you use it if you are bringing a buggy or car seat, however, there are other airports where families don’t pay at all for fast-track.
As this article on Conde Nast Traveller mentions, many airports have family lanes which bypass the main waiting area and have extra staff to help families through security. If you are departing through an airport that has multiple checkpoints, Conde Nast Traveler recommends asking if there is a family lane – next time I’m travelling, I’ll be sure to ask!
Have snacks and toys at hand
Airport security queues can get quite long, especially during peak holiday times. This can be extra frustrating for the little ones. So, don’t forget to pack some snacks, toys and their favourite apps on their tablets to entertain them whilst waiting to go through security.
Wear security-friendly clothing
Be sure to dress yourself and your children comfortably and with easily removable shoes, belts and jackets. Plus, avoid wearing metal jewellery or clothing with metal accessories so you’re not held back for inspection.
Do you have any tips on how to easily get through security with your children?