TSA: Know the Rules about Traveling with Breastmilk
With all the new TSA guidelines at airports, what do you need to know about traveling with breastmilk?
I recently met a mom on a plane (traveling with her precious pumped breastmilk) who told me that she carries the TSA guidelines with her when she travels – that way she has the rules in hand if she is hassled when traveling with breastmilk. She has experienced TSA workers who are inconsistent with what they tell her, and so she took the initiative to know the rules and be able to prove them.
I appreciated this tip and thought other moms would too – both with summer vacation travel and for all you mommies that have to travel for work.
According to the TSA website, parents who are flying with or without their children are permitted to have breastmilk in quantities greater than 3 oz. as long as it is presented for inspection at the security checkpoint.
Also, although formula, breastmilk, and juice must be presented for inspection at the checkpoint, you, your infant or toddler will not be asked to test or taste the breastmilk, formula, or juice. Security Officers may test these items for explosives and may also ask you to open the container during the screening process.
Important tips to keep in mind:
– Keep these items separate from other liquids and gels
– Tell security officers that you have them
– Present the items for inspection at the X-ray station
– Try to only travel with as much breastmilk, formula, or juice as you need
– You can bring gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred, or processed baby food in your carry-on baggage and aboard your plane
For more info or to print out the guidelines to bring with you when traveling, click here.
Emily, milkmakers founder