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Rules That Need To Be Followed When Traveling By Plane

You may be taking a flight to visit relatives in the United States or you might be traveling to an overseas destination. What ever trip you are taking, it won’t be hard to notice that a lot has certainly changed. To do the very best to insure out safety, the TSA has implemented new security measures. While it can be very stressful going through all the scans and searches before even boarding a plane, this article will help you to understand the process and, therefore, make it all a little easier. Before you can even think about an international trip, you need to know the process for getting a passport. Accessing an expedited USA Passport service is easy online so long lines don’t need to be a problem.

Replacing a lost US passport or an expired passport is easy if you go to an online passport site. If you need your passport in a hurry, passport expediting sites are readily available to meet any passport need you may have in a hurry.

The TSA website is a good place to discover all the rules and regulations. Preparations start with packing and it is important to know what not to try to take with you. It goes without says that guns, knives, explosives or fireworks are a definite exclusion from your luggage but there are other things that should not be packed that might not be so obvious.

Liquids, gels or aerosols fall under what the TSA calls their 3-1-1 rule. This rule insures uniform compliance and easy inspection. Each passenger is allowed to pack 3.4 oz container sizes of liquids, gels and aerosols into one quart-size zip-lock bag and can have only one such quart size bag. As you proceed through security check points, keep this zip lock bag separate so it can be easily and quickly inspected. This will speed the process. You may be permitted to carry larger quantities of baby formula, baby food or breast milk but be ready to permit inspection of anything and everything.

While regulations vary from airline to airline, 50 pounds is the normal allowance for checked luggage. If your luggage exceeds this weight or if you need to check more than one bag, there are fees that you will need to pay and they can really add up. In addition to your one carry-on item, you will be allowed an additional personal item like a purse or lap top computer.

Be sure to have all your important medications and such with you, you don’t want to check these items. Also be sure to pack everything neatly so it can be easily seen in the x-ray machine. Wear comfortable clothing, as well as shoes that are easy to take off and put on. Going through security is a breeze if you’re prepared. You might be randomly selected to undergo a more thorough security check, and if you are, don’t be alarmed. It’s all for safety.

International travel requires the additional security measure of the requirement of a passport so be sure that you have a current passport ready for inspection if you are planning to fly to an international destination. Access an online expedited USA Passport service if you are in a hurry.

Traveling With a Baby on a Plane

On the plane

Babies under two years still travel free on the lap, though there are rumors that this perk may soon be coming to an end. Most airlines charge a hefty service fee ($ 100 on United) for overseas flights for the same privilege, of traveling with babies. Before you even consider buying that extra seat until they are over two, remember that the baby will probably be on your lap anyway during the entire flights. So, unless you need an expensive place to keep your unread newspaper and magazines, take advantage of this free ride for as long as possible, while traveling with your baby. Don’t forget the sippee cup, bottle and binkey. If you do, the plane ride will be a descent into hell, because little ears often can not handle take-offs and landings without sucking on something. If mom is there and still nursing, you’re in luck; you can read the paper in peace. If not, you’ll be playing hot potato with the baby for at least a half hour up and a half hour down. We lost the sippee cup one time on the way to the airport and were able to get one at Travelers Aid at the last minute.

One gadget (and we love gadgets) you may want to consider sticking at the bottom of the diaper bag, while traveling with babies, is a water bottle adapter. This small piece of plastic allows you to use a soda or water bottle as a baby bottle and includes an extra nipple. At $ .99 on eBay, its value to you, while traveling with babies, as an always prepared dad, would be immeasurable.

While often harried, I’ve always found airline service staff to be very good at warming bottles or fetching hot water for formula, when you’re traveling with your baby. Don’t expect them to wait on you, but they can be very helpful.

A word to the wise on diapers for the plane: carry many extras while traveling with babies. Planes get delayed or cancelled, and some end up sitting on the tarmac for hours. Don’t become a horror story of a panicked parent down to the last diaper with a diarrhetic baby leaking all over you and your neighbors. We have asked strangers to borrow a diaper when really stuck, but wouldn’t want to start bartering for one in a closed market environment where demand might really far exceed supply.

Dining out

We’ve eaten at dozens of great restaurants over the years, sometimes with a dozing child on our lap. However, the biggest caveat here is that kids will behave in a strange restaurant the same way they will behave at home. If you know your child will never sit through a dinner at home, don’t do as we do. We’ve never been afraid to finish up a dinner quickly if the kids have really had enough, but we’ve also never shied away from having a full meal. Go to eat as early as possible, while the staff is fresh and accommodating. We’ve always found wait staff to be super-understanding and welcoming to our kids.

A day with baby

Finally, you’re now traveling with a third person who has input into the activities of the day. Luckily, babies enjoy many things parents do: a walk through the park, a trip to a museum, or just people-watching from the luxury of their stroller. And, unlike us, they can just close their eyes and nod off whenever they get bored or tired. If you time it right, during those moments, you and your wife might even have a little bit of time to yourself to muse about life before children and all the freedom you had.

Paul Banas was looking for a business idea that would allow him the flexibility to spend time with his family. Paul Banas is a founder of http://www.greatdad.com – a leading source of experience, recommendations, inspiration and advice for dads – delivered from the male perspective.

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Traveling With an Infant on a Plane

Travel, especially international travel, can be stressful enough but for someone with a new infant, taking an international flight can be especially daunting. Not to worry, however. Airlines know that many parents fly with their infants and therefore they do the best they can to accommodate their youngest passengers.

The first hurdle to traveling with an infant is the security check. Although airlines require all carry-on liquids to be in three ounce containers and held entirely in a one quart Ziploc bag, an exception is made for infant formula and breast milk. Parents are allowed to pack as much formula as they can fit in their carry-on luggage, however security check will generally be easier if the formula is divided into containers of three ounces or less. Other parents prefer to pack the formula dry and add water in-flight; just make sure it is pre-measured to avoid messes.

Families with small children are generally given extra time to board the plane, usually after the first and business class passengers but before the general economy class. Your stroller can be taken right up to the entrance of the plane. There you need to fold it and leave it for the crew to pack. It will be waiting for you after you exit the plane. Make sure you fold the stroller properly as the airline is not responsible for any damages caused by their employees folding your stroller for you.

Once you are on the plane, the most distressing part for your infant will most likely be during take-off and landing. The change in cabin pressure can hurt his ears. While an adult has the option of chewing gum, an infant can be best soothed by feeding or sucking on a pacifier during that time. Once the cabin pressure has settled, most infants, especially those under six months old, will be lulled by the noise of the plane’s engines and may sleep through the entire flight. Some airlines will even provide small cribs that fasten to the wall of the plane just above your seat so you don’t have to hold your infant the entire time.

Having an infant awake and crying on a plane is many a parent’s worst nightmare. First, make sure that your baby’s ear pressure has normalized. After that, the usual routine of feeding, burping or changing your baby can alleviate his crying just as it often does at home. If that doesn’t work, the cabin crew is generally understanding of your need to pace up and down the aisle with your infant after the fasten seat belt light has been turned off. If you baby still won’t stop crying, it is not your job to worry about the comfort of the other passengers. You’ve done everything you can, but sometimes babies just cry.

Both feeding and changing your baby can take place in your seat, especially if your baby is little enough. However, as most airplane bathrooms come with changing tables, it may be more polite to use them, especially when the diaper is very dirty. Breast feeding is allowed on planes; request a window seat or use an extra blanket for added privacy. If you have bottled breast milk or formula that needs to be heated up, have the attendant pour hot water in an air sickness bag and place your bottle in the bag. Check first to make sure the bag is plastic-lined so that it won’t leak.

After your baby is fed, burped, changed and hopefully asleep, relax and enjoy the flight!

The author of this article is used to traveling with a small infant. If you want to read some other traveling information, specifically on traveling to Malaysia, you can visit the author’s website at: http://www.malaysia-tourist-attractions.com

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