Hold onto your Kindle, iPad and other precious devices at the airport and keep the kids entertained with these TSA-approved toys instead.
Stuffed toys, plush blankets and other comfort items in your carry-on are perfect for the little ones and completely TSA approved. Help younger kids feel the same comfort as home with small toys and dolls, preferably soft and bendable for easier transport, so they feel more at ease during long delays and layovers.
Mesmerize the kids with a new-and-improved slinky called the Mozi. This toy combines the slinky you once knew as a kid with a modern fidget-spinner twist for today’s youth. Watch the kids spin the Mozi in a continuous loop from their own arms or pass it to a friend or sibling. The simple and distracting fun utilizes science and math into everyday play — much like a Rubik’s cube. Shop the geometric arm spinner in several colors and watch the kids entertain themselves.
Help kids reduce stress while stimulating their minds with some adult coloring books and Sudoku challenges. These can be purchased in the airport or brought from home. Find something challenging and fun so they can engage their minds and each other between flights.
Older kids such as tweens and teens may already have a slew of items they’re planning to occupy themselves with on the trip. Most traveling teens have their tech preloaded with content from shows and movies to podcasts and audiobooks. Since you know they will have their phone, check out some online games you can download and play together like Words With Friends. Sync up and enjoy some friendly competition while passing the time in the airport.
Get the kids engaged in the packing process. Ask them what they would like to bring and see what comes to mind. If there is a TSA-approved version, this will give you time to find it and plan for the trip.
When packing toys for the kids, keep in mind the TSA’s rules and regulations. All carry-on luggage including children’s toys, blankets and bags go on the belt for X-ray screening. To avoid delays, make sure you pack small compact toys as equipment that doesn’t fit through the X-ray machine will undergo a visual and physical inspection by TSA officers.
This October, take the whole family to London and take time to not only enjoy the classic sites but also these scary fun Halloween events and experiences. Whether it’s a spooky-filled trip to the London Zoo or a step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here are the three can’t-miss experiences:
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
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United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Where can family travelers experience a truly unique (and possibly unusual) Halloween tradition? Look no further than Morro Bay, California, a city hosting the annual Witches Paddle. Just as it sounds, the Witches Paddle sees hundreds of people don witches’ costumes in honor of Halloween before taking to the water on stand-up paddleboards.