What Wikipedia Can't Tell You About Seniors and Air Travel

Seniors are a dynamic group of travelers with a wide range of needs and requirements when they travel. Airlines and airports are there to offer any help seniors may need on their air travel journies. Below are links to great tips covering the many aspects of air travel that a senior may encounter from arriving at the airport to getting to their final destination.

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    Some seniors have myriad mobility issues that can make it difficult for them to get from the airport curb to the airline gate. My post gives seniors tips on how to request wheelchairs and carts upon arriving at the airport.

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    Most people think of unaccompanied minor programs with the airlines as just for children traveling alone. But older passengers can often travel under the unaccompanied minor program too. I offer a list of unaccompanied minor policies for the top U.S. airlines.

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    Seniors - Air Travel Tips and Advice

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    This collection of tips and advice for senior travelers covers a range of different aspects of air travel including assistance, luggage, medication, seating options and airport security.

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    This post covers tips including gate checking wheelchairs, searches at airport security checkpoints, gate escort passes and special assistance. 

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    There are times when a senior may need extra help getting to the gate for their flight. Airlines allow family members to get escort passes, similar to a boarding pass, for those with mobility issues or disabilities to their departure gates. Some airlines will issue also escort passes that allow you to meet incoming passengers at their arrival gates. Escort passes are not issued for incoming international flights, due to customs and immigration regulations.

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    This post covers what happens to unaccompanied minors when a flight is delayed or canceled. But the tips in here apply to seniors who may find themselves in a similar situation.

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    Navigating the Airport During Peak Times


    Airports can be scary and intimidating at the best of times. Imagine how it can be when a terminal is operating at peak capacity. These tips, from navigating airport security to bring distractions like books or puzzles, can b e helpful to seniors.

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    ••• A TSA security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Aiirport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Senior Travel Expert Nancy Parole explains why Transportation Security Administration checkpoint lines are so long and how seniors can navigate them. She recommends tips including registering for TSA PreCheck, arriving early and understand the screening process.

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    Travel Tips for Safe Air Travel Trips

    In this post, seniors can follow these tips covering how to stay in contact and protect themselves in airports. These are considerations that should be a part of every air travel schedule.

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    ••• A security checkpoint at BWI Airport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Like all travelers, seniors need to keep an eye on their valuables while navigating the airport security checkpoint. Here are six great tips on how to avoid having items stolen at the airport security checkpoint.