Chatting with Shannon Smith About Family Travel
There are ways to smoothly get through airport security with little ones.
On Tuesday, I visited the WGHP Fox 8 studios in High Point to share some of the tips offered by Liz Rothaus Bertrand, a Charlotte travel writer, in the May issue article "Tips For Acing Airport Security With Kids."
We also discussed ideas for keeping the little ones happy on the flights. My oldest was only 5 when he first flew with me. He carried a little backpack carry-on with small snacks, a few toys and some comfort items — a favorite blanket and stuffed animal — to keep him occupied and content while traveling. The backpack worked like a charm while he was awake. He also took a few naps during the four flights that took us to and from Miami.
The fact that I prepped him for our "big adventure" also helped make it a smooth trip. I explained what to expect and pointed out everything we'd talked about as we were traveling. When I pointed to where the pilot goes to fly the plane, he got an invitation to meet the captain and was given a "wings" pin for his shirt. We had a great experience.
For more ways to ensure your family has a positive air travel experience, watch this Mommy Matters segment: