15 Airport Screening Tips for Elders

When retirement age comes, many people often pack their bags and being traveling to those locations they have dreamt about their entire lives.  While the anticipation of seeing the world is exciting, boarding a flight at the air port is often the downfall of the trip.  Listed below are 15 airport screening tips for elders that will make boarding the plane easier and quicker.

  • Get to the airport early. Realize that airport screening is just a part of the process and will take some time. Don’t expect to arrive at the airport and be on the plane in a matter of minutes. Give yourself plenty of time by arriving at the airport early.
  • Have a positive attitude and be patient. A negative attitude will make things worse on everyone.  Having a positive, patient attitude toward the screening will make things more pleasant for everyone.
  • Over packing will cause a longer delay in the screening line. Pack the essentials in your carryon bad. If there are things that you can purchase when you arrive at your destination, do so. This can make the screening process easier on you.
  • Don’t wear too much jewelry. Jewelry will set off the detectors. To make the process quicker and easier, don’t wear too much jewelry.
  • Medical devices such as wheel chairs will need to be screened as well. Realize that if you are handicapped, you will still have to go through the screening process. Your disability doesn’t exclude your from airport screening.
  • Be respectful and you will get respect in return.  It’s just their job! Don’t have a negative attitude towards the screening agents. Screening is just their job.  They don’t make the rules, they simply make sure that you are following them.
  • Don’t bring prohibited items and you shouldn’t have a problem in the screening process. Be sure that you know all the guidelines and regulations about what you can bring on the flight and what you can’t.
  • Have your tickets and travel documents ready. The more organized you are, the easier the process will be for everyone.  Make sure that you have tickets and other documents ready to show when you are asked for them.
  • Be ready to present your medications for inspection. Keep your medications together so that the agent doesn’t have to go through your things in search of them.
  • Place medications in your carry-on bag if you will need it during the flight.  A small clean bag that includes your medications will help locating your medications to be easier.  Keep them in your carry on bag so that you won’t be without your medications on long flights.
  • Place liquid, gel, and aerosol into one bag and be ready to present for inspection. These are items that will without a doubt be inspected. Have them ready for inspections by keeping in one single location.
  • Wear shoes that can be easily taken on and off. You may be asked to remove your shoes.  Slip-on shoes are the easiest to take on and off and will make the process go quicker.  Be mindful of ways that you can make things easier on yourself and the screening agents.
  • Don’t wear hats that look like they can conceal a weapon. If you do, be prepared to take it off.  The agents will want to ensure that your hat isn’t concealing a weapon. To avoid this, don’t wear large hats.  Choose to go without a hat if possible.
  • Will you be brining your computer? If you plan on bringing your computer on board, be prepared for have it inspected.  The only thing you can include in the computer bag is the laptop.
  • Don’t wear overly big clothing. Overly big clothing will require the agents to do a more thorough screening.  Wear clothes that fit right to avoid prolonging the process.

No one enjoys going through airport screening but it is something that must be done at every airport to ensure your safety and the safety of everyone else on the flight.  As an elder who is traveling, use the above tips to help the process go smoother.
This article is contributed by Marina from Amazing Music Box an online store for authentic music boxes handmade by artisans from Italy.

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