Spring weather is unpredictable here in Colorado Springs. The first step to packing is checking the weather. Your days are already planned out so you can coordinate clothing based on those activities. Make sure to pack comfortable walking shoes. Pack a sweater or shawl for the plane because it is often cold. Make a checklist of all medications, medical documentation and other supplies that might be needed. Those items should be placed in a carry-on bag to lessen the risk of them getting lost with a checked bag and also so that they are easily accessible in the event of a delay or flight cancellation.
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Request special accommodations for your senior loved one when making flight reservations. Airlines will offer early boarding for senior travelers to have extra time to get settled on the airplane. They’ll also seat seniors near bathrooms or in the front of the airliner for easy access on and off the plane. Finally, don’t hesitate to ask for transportation from the ticketing area to the gate. You can also get transportation from the gate to baggage claim.
Screening procedures may be different for people with disabilities, medical conditions, or who are 75 or older. If your senior loved one has a medical device that cannot go through the metal detector, alert an agent immediately. Agents will then utilize alternative methods, including hand-wanded scanning.
Don’t be alarmed if the agents ask to screen mobility devices like canes, walkers, and wheelchairs, this is standard protocol. Let an agent know immediately if your loved one is unstable without the device. They have designated seating available for these situations.
Finally, senior travelers are often eligible for priority or expedited screening. Jackets and shoes do not have to be removed for travelers 75 and older. If your senior loved one needs advanced screening, designated seating is available.