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How To Get Through Airport Security With Kids (Without Losing Your Cool)

If you thought actually being on the flight was the hard part of family travel, we don’t mean to laugh, but have you heard of the TSA? You know the government-run organization that dictates how you and your kids get through security and to your flight — and yes, they’re required to go through security, regardless of age, crankiness, or how annoyingly long the lines are.

But don’t be (completely) scared off. Condé Nast Traveler reports that airports and airlines are doing what they can to make flying a little easier on kids and parents with special family-friendly options. Keep these tips in your back pocket come Spring Break time!

Use The Family Lane
This line used to be for the sake of business travelers who were bothered by super slow families, but even if it’s a short walk away, it’s worth it for those with kids. Family lanes have extra staff, extra patience, and kid-approved bonuses like stickers — so it makes standing in line totally worth the wait for the little ones!

Keep Your Shoes On
Kids under 12 don’t have to remove their shoes. We don’t need to explain to you why this is AWESOME!

Skip The X-Ray
There’s a ton of controversy over the safety of those X-Ray scanners for adults and almost no info on whether or not they’re OK for kids. Either way, you and yours have the right to opt out of an X-Ray scanner in exchange for a pat-down — so feel free to say no thanks.

That covers the TSA, but what can YOU do to make it easier? Fittingly, a security blanket can make kids feel a little more comfortable in a security line. Although the beloved blanky will probably have to go through the conveyor belt, so talk about the process ahead of time. Better yet, play airport at home so your kids know what to expect when they go through security — calm nerves for all!

Source: Condé Nast Traveler

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03.22.2013 / 12:22 AM EDT by Jo Aaron
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