Last Updated on December 31, 2019
We are never too old or too young to travel and explore the world. So, if you’re a retiree who is finally getting to travel to the destinations that you’ve always longed for, congratulations to you!
Although traveling can be generally challenging, it is more so when you are traveling as an elderly person compared to traveling when you’re young.
Some of the challenges that most senior people face while traveling include confusion or stress resulting from unfamiliarity with the complex airport environment, fatigue from standing during check-in and passenger security screening, or long distance walks in the terminal, etc.
There are a lot of things to do to make your airport experience easier and enjoy a smooth, comfortable trip. On this list, you’ll find the top 7 tricks for that, so buckle up and get ready for some tips you’ll probably wish you knew sooner!
#1 – Breeze through airport security
The line at the airport security checkpoint is long and the wait feels longer because of how tiresome and painful it is for you to stand for so long.
It turns out that you can enjoy some special treatment as a senior person and avoid the dreadful lines at security, by displaying American Express Black Card or TSA notification card and other medical documents indicating any medical conditions you have.
Airports may ask for a written note from your doctor so there is no harm in preparing one. This allows you to skip lines or get into a special line for other seniors.
#2 – Wheel around the airport
Walking around the airport can be extremely exhausting for a senior person, which is why you should look for a comfortable way to move around throughout the airport process.
You can reserve a wheelchair or an electric cart from your airline and cruise around until you reach the gate.
You should also note that wheelchairs, electric scooters, crutches, and other mobility aids are checked in as carry-ons at no costs.
#3 – Ask for special assistance
Every good airport and airline provides special assistance to the elderly and disabled people.
Special assistance for elderly people offers you services depending on your needs and help you with the check-in process or when boarding the plane.
While onboard, if you have difficulty getting to your seat or have a strict diet that you must follow, airline employees will help you out or change your seat for you, and adjust your meals according to your diet.
#4 – Access the airport lounge
If you’re looking for a place to de-stress or take a sweet nap, the airport lounge is the right one for you!
There, you’ll get some peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle at the rest of the airport, get to eat the food you desire, read a magazine, newspaper, or book peacefully, take a nap, access clean bathrooms, order different beverages, and connect to fast WiFi.
To get this comfy experience, you can either invest in a travel credit card that offers free lounge access or pay around $40 for a two-hour stay at the lounge.
#5 – Keep your clothes on!
As an elderly US citizen or permanent resident (you have a Green card), you can apply for TSA Precheck membership to get through security without having to remove your shoes or other clothing items.
This option is available only for the elderly or disabled people with reduced mobility. If you belong to this category, all you have to do is pay $85 dor the TSA Pre-Check cost and you will also be saved the pain of removing liquids and electronic devices at the checkpoint.
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#6 – Get an escort
Anyone elderly can have a close friend or family member accompany them to their gate even if these assistants don’t have a ticket.
Your assistant can only show his or her identity card at the airport ticket counter. Note that only one person is allowed to accompany you to your gate and no more!
All you have to do is call your airlines beforehand to make the necessary procedures for you and your escort. If you don’t have someone to escort you, you may ask your airline to arrange it for you since there are companies that provide this kind of service.
#7 – Call concierge services
This brings us to concierge services! These are certified companies or agents that help you with your day-to-day life, including escorting you at the airport, planning or booking your holiday, and making hotel reservations.
This will especially come in handy if you don’t have time to plan your trip. Concierge services also provide financial services and help carry your luggage and find you a cab on your way out. What more could we ask for?!
Lastly, make sure that you have travel insurance with you because it will cover any medical expenses as well as any of your lost, damaged, or stolen valuables. Enjoy a comfortable time at the airport and a safe flight!