Samantha Brown has posted a great tip for those flying with younger kids for the first time: rehearse the airport security line:
“One thing you can do before you leave is rehearse the security checkpoint. Make it a fun event that everyone will enjoy and prepare them for what to expect at the airport.”
She goes on to list several steps for creating a mock security checkpoint in your house. That’s pretty clever. Once we started flying with the kids, we read My First Airplane Ride by Nancy Speir together. After several readings, they had an idea of what would happen, and even said, “This is like the book” at one point. But I think Samantha’s idea of rehearsing the line is even better.
When I was a kid, you could go to the airport to simply watch planes take off and land, but I don’t think they let you do that anymore.