Holiday tips for the traveling family
One of the busiest travel seasons of the year is about to get underway. And traveling as a family at this time presents its own challenges, especially at the airport.
If you only travel once a year, or if it's been awhile since you've been on a plane, and during the holidays that's the majority of travelers, there are some changes in security and airline policy you should know about.
The 3-1-1 rule is still in effect. That means no more than 3.4 oz of liquid (that includes hair gel and hairspray) that travels in a baggie.
If you are traveling with babies or toddlers, you may be wondering about all the "stuff" that comes with them - the car seat, the stroller, the bag of snacks - how does this all work with carry-on fees and the 3-1-1 rule?
"If they're under two, you have a choice between buying a seat and a lap child," according to Carlo Bertolini of the Indianapolis International Airport. "You can bring a child safety restraint. Most airlines will allow them without a carry-on fee, and you can carry on a stroller and diaper bag."
What about baby formula, juice, breast milk? While there is still that 3.4 ounce limit for fluids - no more than that, and in a baggie - that does not apply to these liquids to sustain young children.
Older kids, up to twelve, won't have to remove their shoes going through the security line.
And speaking of that, there is a special family lane you might want to check out.
At Indianapolis International Airport, all roads lead to the gates, which means if Concourse A has long lines, you can try Concourse B and you'll still be able to get to your gate.
Concourse A, however, does have the pre-check option for those of you who travel a lot. Both concourses have the family lanes, if you are traveling with children.
If you're traveling with presents, "It's best to not wrap until you arrive," Bertolini advises. "You can wrap it, but there is a chance in the screening process, if they have to take a look, it will have to be unwrapped. So that's something that could slow you down."