If you are a parent, you know how stressful traveling with kids can be. If you are interested in learning how to talk to your child about airplanes and airport security, this article is for you. It is important for you to prepare your children ahead of time for what they will encounter at the airport. Before you attempt to talk to your child, spend some time familiarizing yourself with TSA rules and airplane travel etiquette. Then you will be prepared to provide your kids with accurate information that will calm their nerves.
Traveling with Kids: Airport Security and Screening
As you are talking to your child about airport security and screening, make sure that you emphasize the fact that the security measures are in place to look out for your child and ALL of the other passengers on the plane. This will ensure that your child doesn’t think they specifically have done something wrong or that they are being singled out for some reason. Make sure that your child knows that the airport safety measures are in place to protect all individuals who fly on the plane, including the pilots and flight attendants. Everyone is in this together…the TSA wants to help us. It’s not them against us. Explain that there are rare occasions where someone at the airport or on the plane might try to do something harmful and that the security that is in place helps to protect the innocent, good people during those times.
When you are traveling with kids and need to teach them about airport security, make sure that you talk to them in a calm manner. Answer their questions the best that you can, then offer them comfort and let them know that most often those who choose to fly on planes are safe. Talk to your children in a way that will help them to come to peace with the airport security procedures that are out there and make sure that they leave the conversation feeling good and safe.
— Devin Shaw