As summer and the travel season approach, we thought it may be useful to present some travel tips when young children are in tow. Airports can be less than friendly, but the TSA assures us their personnel are trained to deal with the often cumbersome luggage requirements of a parent or parents with small children. All of these points will be extremely helpful as you navigate your way through airport security with your youngster. Bon Voyage!

The TSA [Transportation Security Administration] personnel will not ask you to do anything that will separate you from your child or children.

NEVER leave babies in an infant carrier while it goes through the X-ray machine.

At the X-Ray
• All carry-on baggage, including children’s bags and items, must go through the X-ray machine. Examples include: diaper bags, blankets, and toys.
• All child-related equipment that will fit through the X-ray machine must go through the X-ray machine. Examples include: strollers, umbrella-strollers, baby carriers, car and booster seats, backpacks, and baby slings.
• When you arrive at the checkpoint, collapse or fold your child-related equipment. Secure items that are in the pockets, baskets, or attached to the equipment and place it on the X-ray belt for inspection. Plastic bins are provided to deposit such items.
• If any of your child-related equipment does not fit through the X-ray machine, security officers will visually and physically inspect it.
• Ask a Security Officer for help gathering your bags and child-related equipment, if you need it.

The Walk-Through Metal Detector
If your child can walk without your assistance, the TSA recommends that you and your child walk through the metal detector separately. If you are carrying your child through the metal detector and the alarm sounds, a Security Officer will have to additionally screen both you and your child.

• Remove babies and children from their strollers or infant carriers so that Security Officers can screen them individually.
• You may not pass the child to another person behind you or in front of you during this process.
• Do not pass your child to a Security Officer to hold.
• A Security Officer may ask for your help screening your child

All items including formula, breast milk, and juice will be inspected, however, you or your infant or toddler will not be asked to test or taste breast milk, formula, or juice. the TSA Security Officers may test liquid exemptions (exempt items more than 3 ounces) for explosives. Check the TSA site for more valuable information before you pack and drive to the airport!