September 09, 2009,
K.C. asks from Islamorada, FL on September 06, 2009
Taking Stroller Through the Airport
I'll be traveling with my 6 mo old daughter at the end of this month and would love to have my stroller with me. This will be my second flight with her, the first was when she was 3 mos, and we didn't bother with the stroller. We have a Graco Snugride, and I'm wondering how that works through security. It folds up, but still seems pretty large. Have any of you traveled with that particular stroller? Were you able to take it through security? ~Thanks!
So What Happened?™
Thanks so much to everyone that responded! Reading all of your replies helped me to feel pretty confident about the trip! I took the stroller and I'm glad I had it! The biggest challenge was pushing both the stroller and the cart with luggage on it at the same time (I was completely on my own this trip). I had a paranoid fear of getting separated from my daughter in an elevator, but that didn't happen. People were pretty helpful as well. So again, thank you! And if I have any other questions/concerns having to do with being a mom I'll definitely be using this site again!
A.M. answers from Tampa on September 07, 2009
It's very easy the only thing you might be concerned with is when they take it from you at the end of the ramp (just before you board the plane) they fold it up, tag it and throw it in the back of the plane...it can get dirty so you might want to get a cover for it. When you get off the plane they will bring it out for you at the door of the plane (like they would a weelchair). Have fun!
D.W. answers from Jacksonville on September 06, 2009
I've taken an umbrella and a double tandem stroller with ease. I know your's isn't as big as our double so you'll be fine. They'll just let you walk it right up to the plane and have it waiting when you get off. I'll never go through an airport without one again!
V.O. answers from Lakeland on September 08, 2009
Just take the stroller with you - it makes carting all the bags and stuff SO much easier, and they'll just give you a tag and let you check it at the gate. They didn't charge us anything, though I guess that may depend on your airline.
A.P. answers from Port St. Lucie on September 09, 2009
I have a double stroller and have traveled 4 times with it. Each time is was awesome to have with us and the twins. You'll be asked to take baby out of stroller and fold it up to put through security. It's wonderful to have with you to roll extra baggage too. In case you haven't seen other do this...you are able to wheel right up to the plane with stroller and then check it at the plane entrance. After you stepoff the plane, the stroller will be waiting for you.
C.L. answers from Jacksonville on September 08, 2009
As far as I know, you can take any stroller through security, check it at your gate, and they'll have it waiting when you get off your plane.
M.H. answers from Washington DC on September 08, 2009
you can use any stroller, I have traveled with several. It will go through security and you will get a "gate check" tag for it. You take it all the way to the plane door and leave it there, it will be there when you arrive at your destination. It really isn't a big deal or anything to worry about. Some are making it out to be a huge proceedure, it really isn't.
W.M. answers from Orlando on September 09, 2009
I just traveled with my 4 month old and 5 year old. I had a regular Graco stroller with the snap in car seat carrier. What I did is I had to put the carrier and folded stroller through the conveyor belt. A man in security helped me do this because I had to hold the baby and help my son walk throug. It's a pain but I just gate checked both the stroller and car seat. Good luck
T.L. answers from Boston on September 06, 2009
Yes. It will fit fine. The annoying part is taking her out of her infant carrier, and folding the stroller and sending the infant carrier, stroller, diaper bags, your carry ons, baby's shoes and sweatshirt and jacket (yes, you even have to take off small infant's shoes and jackets and put them in a tray through the xray machine as well as your shoes and jackets, place laptops, camcorders and other electronics and any liquids including baby food, bottles and meds in a spot to declare while holding a baby that may have been sleeping a minute before in her seat while the security guard barks at you to display your boarding pass and ID to him. Luckily, you get through it and once you've put yourself, your equipment and baby together on the other side of the machine, the airplane ride is easy.
T.O. answers from Jacksonville on September 07, 2009
I am an expert at traveling with a young one by myself. Yes,a stroller is absolutely necessary. And you can take it all the way to the gate.
If going where it may have snow get a stroller cover. I had snow stuck in my where it connected and the stroller collapse with baby in it. Scared us more than anything but then i had to borrow a pen adn pick it out for a bit.
Don't fret about security. Some airports have a separate line for strollers so you don't have to wait so long. Also, there is always one security person before the metal dector to help out. Or the people around you I found are very helpfull. I have traveled with an umbrella stroller and then a big one from my travel system.
I always pack too much, being prepared has come in handy a few times, so I like the bigger stroller personaly. Plus having the drink holders was nice. I dont feel so much like a pack mule. I would have a backpack and then another bag size depending on if we were traveling during winter and delays could be a problem.
Here are some travel trips:
1) Put toys on a loop of ribbon (like a toy necklace)so you can attach it to the stroller via tray (not tied to it,)or around your neck when collecting everything to get on/off plane. THen you dont have to worry about dropped toys.
2) Target or Walmart has disposable changing pads so you can cut down on the size of stuff needed. Also, the scented bags to put the diapers in as you wont believe how the bathrooms stink so quickly even from just a pee diaper.
3) If using formula try putting in little bags that can be found at Target by first years. Look in bottle section. The bottoms rip off and right into bottle. Easier than carrying can.
4) Slings can help save your arms and make trying to pull your pants up after the bathroom much easier. I am always afraid to let strangers hold my kids.
5) Dont forget to bring some new toys and lovelys
6) Dont worry if baby cries, everyone understands and has been there.
8) Pacificers help with ears adn the take off. I never needed it but had one just in case. The first time we flew, she was 6months then.
9)Bring a change of clothes for yourself. Wearing spit up for the long flight is no fun. Also, having the baby there can cause a few spills too. My daughter made me spill coke on to my seat, thankfully i had some pants to change into.