How New Airport Security Rules Affect Flying with Your Baby
The US Transportation Security Association has issued a number of restrictions regarding what you can and can't bring onto an airplane. But what about breast milk and formula? Find out how the new rules affect air travel with babies and young children.
Formula, Breast Milk, and Other Liquids
Mothers flying with—and now without—their child are permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than 3 ounces as long as you separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in a quart-size and zip-top bag; declare the items to the TSA security officer at the security checkpoint; and present the items for additional inspection once reaching X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening.
Security officers will not test or taste (or even ask you or your child to test or taste) the formula or breast milk.
To minimize hassles, bring only as much formula or milk you need to get your baby to your final destination.
Juice and other liquids are restricted to 3-ounce containers.
Baby formula, breast milk, or juice, may be packed in your luggage and checked with your airline.
Baby Food and Medications
If you’re traveling with a baby or toddler, you may also bring cans or jars of baby food in your carry-on baggage and aboard the plane.
As for liquid medications, you are not limited in the amount or volume of these items you may bring in your carry-on baggage. But if the medically necessary items exceed 3 ounces or are not contained in a 1-quart, zip-top plastic bag, you must declare to one of the TSA security officers at the checkpoint for further inspection.
Baby Care Items
Non-liquid or gel medications of all kinds, such as solid pills, inhalers, and rash creams, are allowed through the security checkpoint once they have been screened. The TSA recommends, but does not require, that your medications be labeled to assist with the screening process.
Gel- or liquid-filled teethers are fine to bring through security and onto the plane.
Your Phone, Computer, and Personal Items
Laptops, iPods, cellular phones, and other electronic devices will be inspected by security but are still allowed in your carry-on baggage.
Passengers may now carry personal care items that are liquid, gel, and aerosol in their carry-on bag when going through security checkpoints. All items must be in 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be 3.4 ounces or smaller. Items must be put into a single, quart-size zip-top clear plastic bag, and limited to one per passenger.
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