Crowds and ever-changing security regulations can make airports high-stress places, especially for infrequent flyers. But these safety tips for first-time flyers can help you prepare and keep your family and luggage safe.
Preventing theft: Consider traveling with only a carry-on bag so you can keep an eye on your belongings. If you need to check a bag, choose discreet luggage and secure it with a zip tie or lock approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Never let anyone other than a uniformed airport employee handle your luggage.
Pack safely: Always check large items, such as skis or bikes, and sharp items like scissors and pocketknives. If you have questions about what you can pack, call your airline or review this list from the TSA.
Trip timing: Allow plenty of time at the airport. Hurried travelers can forget items at security or leave their boarding pass in the food court. Plan to arrive at least two hours before your flight.
Child safety: Review the security protocol and explain it to your children before you leave for the airport. Help them pack their bags to make sure they don't pack prohibited items. It's recommended that children who weigh under 40 pounds travel in a child safety seat. Check with your airline ahead of time to see what they offer or what you may need to bring.
Ground transportation: Once you land, seek safe ground transportation. Uninsured taxi drivers may try to solicit you, which is illegal. Before accepting a ride, find out if the airport has a taxi stand where authorized drivers will be waiting.