Two New Travel Articles: Everything you want to know about kids and airport security

I have two new articles up at

Security Savvy for Moms and Dads


How to keep up with airport security rules and regulations when you’re traveling with small children.

With the winter storms in Washington D.C. and in the wake of the foiled Christmas Day attack, it’s a pretty stressful time to get on an airplane in America. Especially when you’re taking the kids. But a little planning, some practice with stuffed animals, and an early arrival at the airport can all go a long way to making your trip more enjoyable.

And then there’s the attitude factor, which Alisa Bowman talks about in hilarious detail in this post, “Life is a Struggle, a Wonderful Struggle,” up at Project Happily Ever After.

I have two six airplane rides to take in the near future, and my teeny tiny baby will be coming along.

The one problem with these new articles is that I don’t give any advice for how to get the spit-up stains off your work clothes before you give a talk about writing to an auditorium full of people.

I haven’t figured that one out yet…

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6 Responses to Two New Travel Articles: Everything you want to know about kids and airport security

  • Alisa Bowman
    February 10, 2010

    Oh, so nice to come here just to read and then to see myself referred to. Love you.

  • Alisa Bowman
    February 10, 2010

    Oye, I was going to comment on the Disney story, but it seems I already have an account and have forgotten my password. This is a chronic problem of mine–even with Swipper and even with saving confirmation emails.

    I was just going to add, about security, to check your kid’s toys and make sure they don’t have water hiding inside. Also, there are sometimes separate security lines for families, which is nice. And nearly every airline will let you board first (even before the first class folks) if you are with a child under age 5.

  • Alexandra Grabbe
    February 12, 2010

    I used to travel Boston/Paris with young children on a regular basis. Glad those days are over!

  • Jennifer
    February 22, 2010

    It’s been many years since my kids were babies. I’d like to think there’s more air travel advice out there now than there was then.

  • Elisa
    February 24, 2010

    I have only flown twice with my daughter. once when she was 5 months old then an international flight when she was 1 year old. Now that we are planning our trip back home(another international flight) I’m getting a bit stressed out.She is now two years old, the 12 hour ride, the security, etc…This is a nice resource to have found. The times I did traveled, somehow having a kid, has it’s perks (like boarding first. etc)


  • Lilliana
    February 25, 2010

    I wanted to thank you for your informative articles/blogs. I found you through the email I get weekly. I did notice that you included links to some sites that ship baby products and I wanted to introduce you to our site We are parent owned and operated and pride ourselves on customer service. We make traveling with kids easier by shipping and making sure your package is at your travel destination prior to your arrival. Parents can buy formula, food, diapers, and more on our site and we’ll get it to your destination. Additionally we also RENT baby equipment in San Antonio, TX and we sell and rent the CARES air travel harness (we rent these throughout the US). We are parents of an almost 2 yr old and we still love to travel. From long car trips to long and short flights we’ve been there and we know how challenging and fun it can be. Just wanted to make you aware we’re out here. Keep up the great writing and thanks for keeping us informed.

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