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Airport security tips
for senior travellers
Preparations for a summer trip can be complicated
when you’re not sure how to navigate through
airport security. The Canadian Air Transport Security
Authority (CATSA) has the following tips for seniors to
make airport screening less stressful:
Have your boarding pass ready to present to the
screening officer.
Personal hygiene products such as shampoo,
toothpaste, creams, shaving cream and suntan
lotion are all permitted in carry-on baggage
providing they are in a 100 ml (3.4 oz) or less
container and placed in a 1 L (36 oz) transparent
bag. Bigger containers should go in the checked
baggage.
All prescription medications are allowed in carry-
on baggage. To ensure a quick screening, make
sure your medications are clearly labelled with
your name. Non-prescription medication (cough
syrup, eye drops, contact lens solutions, rash
creams, gel pills, etc.) can be carried in containers
larger than 100 ml in carry-on baggage. These
liquids must be given to the screening officer
separately.
Wheelchairs, canes, walkers and any other
disability-related equipment are permitted
through the security checkpoint.
Use the Family/Special Needs security line.
Screening officers at these lines are trained to
offer additional assistance.
More information about packing smart is available at
Emergency planning is crucial
for those with special needs
While disasters and emergencies affect everyone, the impact
on people with special needs is often compounded by
their reliance on electrical power, elevators, and accessible
transportation – all of which can be compromised in
emergency situations.
Public Safety Canada offers these tips for seniors and people
with special needs:
Create a personal support network of at least three
people that can help you in an emergency situation.
Ensure they are aware of your needs, such as prescription
medication and how to operate any special needs
equipment.
Make an emergency contact list with the names and
phone numbers of your personal support network,
doctors, neighbours, etc. Keep a copy of this list handy
and share it with your support network.
Familiarize yourself with all escape routes and location of
emergency doors and exits in your home.
Have a panic button installed in the building where you
work or live so that in the event of an emergency you
can notify others of your whereabouts and that you need
assistance.
Create a basic emergency kit. A list of kit items is available
at
Tailor your kit to meet your needs. You may wish to
include things such as: special devices like canes, walkers,
lightweight manual wheelchairs, hearing aids, breathing
apparatus, blood glucose monitoring device, plus food
and other important items for your pet or service animal.
Prescription eyewear and footwear (if required).
Extra supply of medications (if possible) and vitamin
supplements.
List of all medical supplies and equipment related to your
age or medical condition.
Copies of all medication prescriptions.
Extra dentures (if required) and cleaner.
Latex-free gloves (to give to anyone providing personal
care to you).
More information on this topic is available online at