As our Family Prepares to
Fly, We Will Adjust to Changes in the Sky
By Maureen Hall
In the wake of the September
11, 2001 Tragedy all airports across Canada and the United
States, in fact world wide, have increased security and
screening of luggage, carry-ons and passengers. As we
prepare for our next trip, we are preparing our family for the
The Seattle-Tacoma Airport
issued a press release on September 25, 2001 about their new
"Do Your Part: Pack Smart" initiative.
Click below to view the release in its entirety and I suggest
that anyone intending to fly read the article. See
Port of Seattle issues Press Release - Do Your Part- Pack Smart - remove "innocent but inappropriate items from Carry-on Luggage.
If you are flying with your
children, I also recommend that you double check their
carry-on bag or knapsack to ensure that there are no toys in
the bag that can be seen as a weapon by airport security.
I have flown on many
occasions with my children and innocently packed a butter
knife that I used to cut up apples, or other fruit as
in-flight snacks. My kids like their fruit in pieces and
apples are one of our families most common travelling
snacks. I will now have to change our inflight snacks to
fruit that doesn't require this preparation. I
will gladly adjust to this change.
Air travel as we have known it in the past
has irrevocably been changed by the horrendous acts that
occurred on September 11, 2001, and though some of the changes
may be inconvenient and time consuming, I will try adjust to
the changes with an open mind, knowing they are for the
greater safety of all airline passengers, including my family.
My children have always been fascinated by
visiting the cockpit and talking the pilots, which we have
done every time we have flown. Unfortunately, this will
now be a thing of the past and the kids will be disappointed.
As I prepare for our next flight as a
family, we discussed the changes the kids will experience as
well as their fears and concerns about flying. Our kids
adjust to change very well and are old enough to understand
that our life involves air travel. They may not
understand all that occurred on that fateful day and maybe for
that I am grateful - because I still want them to be kids,
look forward to the new adventures they will experience on
each vacation and to never be denied the opportunity to
learn. Being afraid to fly would take many experiences
away from them and our family as a whole.
So we will pack accordingly, head to the
airport a little earlier, be respectful of the changes at the
airport and on the airplane, be courteous to all the airline
staff, offer as many smiles as possible and have a great time.
See Air Travel Tips
for more tips on flying with Children.
Also see Port of Seattle issues Press Release - Do Your Part- Pack Smart - remove "innocent but inappropriate items from Carry-on Luggage
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