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Tips for Seniors Returning to the Skies

After skipping a year due to lockdowns, many seniors are facing the challenge of having lots of family to visit and just one holiday season in which to do it.

It’s a nice problem to have, but it might mean taking a plane to quickly cover more ground, even if it’s not something you do very often. Fortunately, following just a few quick tips before hitting the airport can help you up move through security screening with ease and make flying a breeze.

• Remember your mask: Even with vaccinations in place and some measures being lifted, you still need a mask when you get to the airport.

• Pack your liquids properly: Liquids going in your carry-on bag should be in containers of 100 millilitres or less and should all be able to fit in a single resealable one-litre bag. Prescription and non-prescription medications are exempt, but you should make sure they’re clearly labelled. Either way, they should be removed from your carry-on when going through screening.

• Understand allowable extras: You can also bring medical supplies, equipment and mobility aids on board with you in addition to the two carry-on bag limit.

Find more tips and information from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. You’ll find a page dedicated to seniors and special sections for people with limited mobility or medically necessary equipment on their website at catsa-acsta.gc.ca.

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