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Ted's 'Top 10 Tips' for Traveling with Kids During the Holidays

Ted's 'Top 10 Tips' for Traveling with Kids During the Holidays

CHICAGO, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Traveling with children can be made easy in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle with Ted's(SM) "Top 10 Tips" for traveling with kids:

#1. Pack in some fun: Bring along your kids' favorite games and activities, but avoid packing noisy toys that could disturb other passengers. If you forget to pack something fun, Ted's new shopping list has you covered with inexpensive activities such as invisible ink pen and activity book set ($5) or a magic kit filled with seven individual tricks and instructions ($15). #2. Get out the "wiggles": Children often feel squeamish while traveling. Ted suggests kids enjoy physical activity before boarding the plane, and especially between flight connections. Take your kids for a fun and energetic walk around the airport terminal. Try walking tips from a set of carry-along instructional cards available on Ted's new shopping list. Titled "50 Ways to Walk Yourself Healthy" ($15), the cards contain ideas for making walking more interesting and productive. #3. "Water, please": It's important to stay hydrated when you fly. Make sure kids drink fluids before, during and after the flight. Ted offers kids a choice of complimentary beverages from Ted's quench list, and bottled water is always available as a great thirst- quencher. #4. Let kids bring their own carry-on: Have kids pack and carry their own small bag for the plane. Explain that a security guard could ask to search their bag and then will return it when finished. #5. Provide an allowance for the day: Teach your kids about spending within a budget. Give them a travel allowance for the day and let them start their budget as soon as they board. Ted's shopping list offers several items for only $5, such as playing cards, an origami finger puppet kit and movie candy. #6. Chart progress on a map and point out landmarks from 30,000 feet: Give each of your young travelers a map that includes your starting point and destination. Have them mark the flight's progress during pilot announcements or by listening to United's "From the Flight Deck," an inflight audio program which broadcasts live communication between your pilots and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air route traffic control. For older children, Ted's shopping list offers a guide for reading the landscape from the air called "Window Seat" ($15). It includes 176 full-color aerial photographs, a fold- out map of North America showing major flight paths and tips on spotting interesting landmarks. #7. Take along a travel pal: When kids are in an unfamiliar place or traveling alone, a cuddly stuffed companion can help them feel at ease or snuggle them to sleep. If you forget to pack cuddles, Ted's shopping list offers plush pal stuffed animals ($10) including a giraffe, frog and elephant, as well as an exclusive Ted bear ($15). If your child is under age 11 and traveling alone, notify United at the time you book your flight so special unaccompanied minor services can be arranged in advance. #8. Keep everyone entertained with music and movies: This month on TedTunes(SM), children can enjoy the sounds of Radio Disney(R) Jingle Jams and the Chicken Little Soundtrack. TedTV(SM) is featuring the animated movie, Polar Express. Two people can listen to an iPod or laptop at the same time using a headphone splitter ($5) available on Ted's shopping list. #9. Treat kids to healthy snacks: Ted suggests offering children a snack onboard, especially when traveling between meal times. The Ted FunPack Snackbox ($5) includes a juice box, Goldfish crackers, apple sauce and more. #10. Stay comfortable and bring extras: Ted suggests kids wear relaxed clothing such as jeans and a cozy sweater so they feel comfortable during their journey. Be sure to pack your carry-on with an extra clothes, diapers, wipes and other essentials in case you are not able to get to your checked luggage when needed.

The following are additional tips for ensuring a smooth and enjoyable travel experience during the holidays:

-- Arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to scheduled departure time for domestic flights and at least two hours for international flights. -- Consider having a friend take you to the airport or use a shuttle or public transportation. -- If you drive yourself, keep jumper cables in the trunk of the car, just in case the car battery dies while parked in the lot. -- Remember that you can check in for your flight from home at united.com, and print boarding passes, check bags, confirm upgrades and pick seat assignments through United's EasyCheck-in self-serve kiosks. -- Finally, customers traveling with gifts as carry-on or checked baggage should not wrap them. All items are subject to searches by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), including wrapped gifts. About Ted

To date, Ted has carried more than 12 million passengers, achieving a load factor greater than 82 percent for 2005. Daily flights have increased as well, from 20 flights per day in February 2004 to 220 daily flights today. Ted carries more than 27,000 customers each day to destinations across United's route network.

About United

United Airlines (BULLETIN BOARD: UALAQ) operates more than 3,400 flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia- Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United is also a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 790 destinations in 138 countries worldwide. United's 57,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at http://united.com/ .

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