Traveling With Children Needs Detailed Planning Ahead

· about Before your trip

Take advantage of the airline's pre-boarding opportunity, which gives you and the child a few extra minutes to settle for the flight.

Travel Documents:

1. Canadian passports -- All Canadian children, from newborns to age 16, require their own passports to travel. Children under the age of 16 can sign their own passports.  If they cannot, leave the signature block blank.  If it is signed on behalf of the child, the passport will be invalid.

2. If the child is traveling alone, accompanied by only one parent or guardian, or with friends, relatives or a group, supporting identification for each child is needed. These documents are such as birth certificate, citizenship certificate, divorce papers, consent letters, custody court orders or death certificate if one or both parents are deceased.

A consent letter proves that the child has permission to travel abroad from parents or guardians, who are not accompanying him/her. It should be signed by the person or organization who is not traveling with the child but has the legal right to make major decisions or the child.  It may also help to have the letter certified by a commissioner of oaths, notary public or lawyer.

Traveling with Children on a Plane:

1. Take advantage of the airline's pre-boarding opportunity, which gives you and the child a few extra minutes to settle for the flight.

2. Transport Canada highly recommends the use of an approved child restraint system (car seat) for all phases of the flight. Always check with the airline for its specific policies. If a child does not have a paid seat, the airlines may provide a  "belly" or "loop" belts and bassinettes.

Transport Canada recommends that Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) be used within the limitations specified by the manufacturer. CARES device is designed for children ages 1 to 4 weighing between 10 to 20 kg (22 to 44 pounds) and 100 cm (40 inches) or less in height. It uses the existing aircraft passenger safety belt and holds the upper torso of the child against the back of the seat.  http://kidsflysafe.com/ $75

3. Traveling with children of any age has different challenges. Packing needs thoughtful planning. With little children, it is important to pack enough entertainment to make it to the end of the flight.

For tips on security checks at the airports and packing for the trip, refer to The Canadian Air Transport Security authority (CATSA)  http://www.catsa.gc.ca/about-us.  For information on pre-board screening procedures or air travel within the U.S., please consult the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) https://www.tsa.gov/, or your travel agent.

Health and Safety          

1. Keep a business card or a piece of paper with emergency phone numbers in the child's pocket in case they become separated. Carry recent photographs of the child in case of emergency.

2. Discuss with your family doctor or pediatrician for more information on how to keep your children safe and healthy while traveling abroad.  Check out this site  for more information, Kids Travel Doc -- A Paediatrician's Guide To Travel And Outdoor Recreational Activities, http://kidstraveldoc.com

Resources:

Kids Travel Doc -- A Paediatrician's Guide To Travel And Outdoor Recreational Activities, http://kidstraveldoc.com

Taking Children On A Plane  Government of Canada https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/children/taking-children-on-a-plane

The Canadian Air Transport Security authority (CATSA)  http://www.catsa.gc.ca/about-us.

Government of Canada https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/publications/travelling-with-children

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) https://www.tsa.gov/

Traveling with Children. Government of Canada https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/publications/travelling-with-children

 

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