Ten Things Moms Need to Know About the New MSY
Traveling with kids is no easy task but the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is making it easier for parents. When you choose air travel to travel as a family, be sure you consider these ten tips! Whether you are moving to New Orleans with kids, heading to Disney (World in Orlando, Land in California or Aulani in Hawaii) visiting the mountains or going skiing … you will want to check out our tips for traveling with toddlers or those for when you need to send the kids solo on their flight. So pack those suitcases mommas, grab your passports and go on the adventure!
(1) Mother’s Rooms are located on each concourse for nursing mothers.
Each room is equipped with a sink, chair, outlets, and changing table. All restrooms are also equipped with changing tables so dads can change dirty diapers, too.
(2) Check parking availability online before you get to the Airport.
Instead of driving around looking for parking, save time by visiting flyMSY.com to see which parking option is open and head directly there. The Airport has four parking options including long-term, short-term, and surface lot located within walking distance of the terminal and economy parking, which is a short shuttle ride to and from the terminal.
(3) Check your bags in the ParkMSY Express Economy Garage, and skip the ticket counter when you arrive at the terminal.
With low rates ($12 per day), covered parking and convenient shuttle service, it’s worth a try. Find more information at ParkMSY Express.
(5) Discover the many kid-friendly restaurant options.
Kids are always hungry. Visit one of the amazing restaurants in the terminal where you can find kid-approved meals like grilled cheese, burgers and chicken nuggets, too. A full list of restaurants and their hours of operation can be found HERE.
(6) If you forget something, we’ve got you.
Travel essential stores can be found throughout the facility. Plus, if you need a new onesie for the baby or a shirt for you, we have that too.
(7) Save time with mobile retail options.
Skip the line at Starbucks by ordering from their app ahead of time. Also, the CNBC store on Concourse B offers Mishi Pay, an easy way to get out of the store quickly. Scan your items on your phone, pay, and go. Directions can be found in-store.
(8) Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport.
Just connect to MSY-Fi, and you’re on. Check social media or download a last-minute movie. A paid version is also available for a faster connection.
(9) Bring a friend or family member to your gate with the MSY Guest Pass.
Even if they’re not traveling, non-ticketed visitors can register 24-hours in advance, pick up their Guest Pass from the Customer Service Desk, and go through security like a passenger. More information can be found HERE.
(10) For those with children or family members with hidden disabilities, stop by our customer service desk for a bracelet or lanyard.
The Hidden Disabilities program allows airport staff to identify those in need of an extra level of customer service by use of a sunflower lanyard or bracelet. This program provides an extra layer for those coping with issues such as autism, anxiety disorders, dementia, Crohn’s disease, low vision, hearing loss, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Asperger Syndrome, PTSD, learning disabilities or mobility issues. While they do provide a discreet signal to employees, wearing a lanyard does not guarantee fast tracking through security or any preferential TSA treatment. Passengers are encouraged to arrange any special assistance needed with their airline or TSA Cares.
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