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Flying with children

Article published
26.6.2015 at 06:00
Two childen playing at plaroom.
It’s easy and fun to start your journey at Helsinki Airport. There are rarely long queues at the designated security control line for families with children, and the view of the runway at the airport offers plenty to see.

The designated security control line for families with children in Terminal 2 speeds up and facilitates movement at the airport. Please inform your children in advance that their toys must go through the X-ray line, and overcoats must be taken off.

Food and beverages needed for babies during the flight are allowed on the plane. When you enter security control, you will need to show them to the security control employee. You are allowed to take non-liquid items on the plane.

Prams are always transported in the cargo hold, but the policy for pushchairs varies by airline. If your pushchair is taken to the cargo hold at check-in, you can borrow a pushchair at Helsinki Airport.

Pushchairs and prams travelling in the hold should be packed in a protective bag. Some airlines provide passengers with free protective bags at check-in. You can rent a cushioned protective bag at the service location of Airpro Travel Service.

Children of all ages must have their own passport, and names of family members are no longer registered in passports. If only one of the parents is travelling outside the Schengen area with a child who has a different last name, he or she should take written travel permission from the other parent along to avoid unnecessary questions.

Playrooms offer pastimes for children

Changing your baby’s nappy at Finavia airports is convenient. Most toilets have a baby changing area.  Children – and also adults – are fascinated by the bird songs heard in toilets at Helsinki Airport and the photographs of nature decorating the walls.

Baby food and feeding bottles are easy to warm up at airport cafés and restaurants, which have plenty of options for meals and snacks for children, as well as high chairs.

You can also buy food from cafés to take on the plane. The airport’s other shops sell many kinds of reading material and other items.

Helsinki Airport haswell-equipped play areas that are always open at gates 16, 20, 30 and 38.

One perennial favourite pastime for families with children is admiring the views of the runway. The lives of travellers with children are made easier by the airport’s free Wi-Fi connection, which does not even require a login.

Have a pleasant journey with your children!