Airplane Travel Tips for Seniors

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You may be going on vacation this Spring Break to visit friends and family. As a senior citizen, you may be traveling, or as a family member you may have your older relatives coming to visit. It is important to be prepared, especially for those requiring extra assistance, a bulkhead seat, food and drinks, or other necessities. Below are some tips to help you or your loved ones travel safely and comfortably by air.

suitcaseBook the Flight Early

Booking as early as possible ensures you can pick a comfortable seat, such as an exit row or bulkhead. This will allow you to have extra leg room and space to get in and out. At this time you should also be able to ask about extra assistance like a wheelchair or check the airline’s policy on medical equipment like oxygen tanks. You can also check the baggage policy, as many airlines have started charging for bags.

Bring the Proper Documents

Make sure if you are flying within the country you have a government-issued ID like a driver’s license that has your full name and birth date. If you are traveling out of the country a passport is required. Your ticket name must match that on your ID.

Security

For the easiest passage through security wear comfortable, easy to take off shoes. If you are over 75, you can keep on your shoes and jacket. Those using wheelchairs are generally allowed to skip the security line. Make sure to put your liquids in the required containers and a ziploc bag. This will need to be taken out of your bag during screening, so make sure it is easily accessible.

On the Plane

Make sure if you need to take medications that you buy a water before you head on the plane, or you can purchase some while in flight. Also bring food or purchase some so you don’t lose strength. If you have a long flight, make sure you get up every few hours and move around.

Getting Off the Plane

If you require assistance, you will need to wait til the rest of the plane debarks. At this time, someone from the airline will come assist you in debarking and help with your bags. They can escort you to the baggage claim and assist in getting your bags. Make sure your family knows where to meet you beforehand.

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