Family Travel Question:

Q | Any tips for navigating airport security with a two-year-old?

I am planning on flying with a very active two-year-old next spring. Do you have any helpful tips or information about navigating through security with the new full-body scans? -Sarah, DE

A | Tips for navigating airport security with toddlers

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Navigating through security can be one of the most stressful aspects of flying with young children. Having to basically unpack and repack your bag, pull out all liquids, and undressing you and your child, can be a bit much. But you have nothing to worry about. Even if you are traveling by yourself people will usually step up and help you or will be understanding of your situation.

Most airports now have designated family lines. These are designed to help families traveling with small children that may need a little extra time. They are usually much shorter and gets you to the security checkpoint faster so you can take your time.

The new full body scans are a bit frightening to those who have not used them before. My best advice for you would be to avoid them. There is a sign stating that you have the right to opt out of the body scan (you should be aware that you may then receive extra pat downs). But security officials usually do not require children to go through them. Instead you will go through the normal metal detectors. I have been on over 50 flights in the last year and have always been able to avoid the new full body scanners, especially while carrying my infant.

Here are some other helpful articles you may want to read:

Meals and snacks to pack for toddlers that are easy to take through security

Diaper bag packing list for airplanes

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