Traveling With Baby in the Airport

Kim Conte

summer vacation guidebaby bottleI was behind a very confused mom in the airport security line while traveling last week. She didn't know whether she was allowed to bring a bottle of her baby's formula through the checkpoint given the laws about liquids. I thought this might be a good time to review the TSA rules for traveling with babies in case any of you are flying this summer...

According to the official Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Web site:

  • Formula and breast milk—in reasonable quantities greater than three ounces—can be carried through the checkpoint. People are encouraged to travel with only as much in your carry-on is needed to reach your destination (given the lack of refrigeration).
  • Juice is also allowed. This is particularly helpful if your little one has a favorite kind of juice they love that isn't served on the plane.
  • Separate formula, breast milk, and juice from other liquids, gels, and aerosoles in your quart-sized, zip-top plastic bag.
  • Declare these items to one of the security officers and present them for additional screening and inspection.
  • Liquid-filled teethers as well as canned, jarred, or processed baby food is also allowed in your carry-on.

I've heard a few moms who use formula say that they like to make a bottle before going through airport screening (provided they use it within 2 hours). This is easier than running around the airport looking for a bottle of water or mixing it on the plane.

Do you agree? Do you have any tips for traveling with babies in airports?

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