A successful trip to the airport begins before you even leave the house. A few things can expedite your waiting times at ticketing and TSA.
Be sure to check with your airline to see what the baggage fees and guidelines are for flying with children’s accessories like strollers, pack-n-plays, and car seats.
I highly recommend weighing your luggage before you arrive at the airport to ensure they are not over. Nothing is more stressful than trying to fumble through bags to redistribute weight while your underwear is falling out and the baby is crying. We have a little traveling scale that we bring with us to weigh bags on the way coming back.
Download your airline’s app. A lot of times you can check-in online and go straight to have your bags checked upon arrival. Each app is different, but many will let you know of any delays, upgrade availability, baggage status, and more.
Prepare for construction: The airport is currently undergoing some new and exciting projects and renovations. Detours are labeled, but can easily be missed if you are not paying close attention.
Check the CVG website for TSA wait times, parking availability, and more. I always recommend arriving a minimum of an hour before boarding time. I much rather be early, then have the stress of nearly missing a flight.
Getting Kids Through TSA
Getting Through TSA With Kids
Currently, TSA does not require any identification for a child traveling with their guardian domestically. We often bring a copy of our daughter’s birth certificate just in case the airlines need it. Each carrier has different identification requirements for children under 18 years old. Therefore, it is important to check with your airline if a birth certificate or other form of identification is needed. If a child is flying internationally they will need a passport. In the event, the child is flying internationally with one parent or a designated guardian, a note notarized granting permission by the non-traveling parent should be obtained. While the US does not require this, many countries do and could cause a few headaches on your return trip home.
Snacks and Drinks
A Few More Things
Strollers will have to go through the scanner. Make sure you bring an easily collapsible stroller and don’t load it down with tons of stuff until you are through security. Wearing shoes that can be easily removed and put back on is vital. It prevents you from chasing a toddler with untied shoelaces and falling flat on your face. Pro Tip: My daughter hates parting with her lovie when we go through security. I tell her that lovie is going through the carwash and she will pop right out on the other side!
Family Friendly Finds In CVG Airport
The Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky Airport is full of great family-friendly finds. Here are a few places that you won’t want to miss during your next visit to CVG.
Concourse A Play Area
Concourse B Play Area
Fit For Fly Walking Paths
Where Are You Going White Board
Don’t forget to stop by the “Where are you coming from?” Where are you going?” whiteboard that greets visitors in the Transporation Tunnel. Have your kids write where you will be going. It is a great way to start the trip. It is fun to revisit the board on your return trip to see what new destinations have been added.
Natalie’s Candy Jar
Cincinnati Museum Center’s Temporary Exhibits
As Cincinnati’s amazing museum center continues to undergo its restoration, CVG graciously became the new temporary home to a few of their exhibits. Walking through the airport guests can try to find all the fun exhibits on display, like a huge Mastodon. The airport hopes to continue to host off-display artifacts from the museum center after the renovation is complete.
Grab An Activity Kit
We have all seen it. The frazzled parents dragging their small child through a filthy airport terminal praying they won’t contract some rare disease from licking the moving walkway. Naturally, they need to go to the bathroom at the most inconvenient time, which leaves parents scrambling to fit everyone and everything into a tiny bathroom stall. This is when finding a family bathroom is like accessing the Delta Sky Club. The room is big enough for your entire family and everyone can take care of their business at once. Since corralling children is like herding cats having everyone confined to one room can be a relief. Multiple family bathrooms are located in both concourses and throughout the airport.
Where To Eat
A Treat For The Parents
There are plenty of grab-n-go stores throughout both concourses that offer guests quick meals to take with them on the plane, to their gate or to stash away for late. Many of these places sell last minute supplies as well, such as diapers, electronics, wipes and more.
Water Refill Stations
Bringing an empty water bottle is a great way to save a little money and time. Water refill stations are located throughout the entire airport and in both concourses.
A Few More Airport Tips
Check out the CPR station in Concourse A. While you won’t get an official certification, you can learn how to perform CPR and teach the kids too.
There is FREE Wi-Fi available-CVG Free
Moving sidewalks and escalators are not recommended for strollers and wheelchairs. There are elevators located next to the escalators.
There is a Subway and Blaze Pizza located in Concourse A for quick family-friendly options.
Are you flying with an infant? Be sure to check out our post about tips for those flying with a little baby here.