What Really Happens at the Airport and Other Important Stuff
Now, a Mommy that is flying without her child will be able to bring breast milk through the checkpoint, provided it is declared prior to screening.
Horror stories abound of what happens to Moms with breast milk and breast pumps at airports. In recent months, the Transportation Security Administration apparently, hopefully dealt with their problems and they are now aware of the needs of breast milk moms and their breast pumps.
Here’s the website for TSA that explains how to travel with children, breast milk and formula.
TSA is also modifying the rules associated with carrying breast milk through security checkpoints. Mothers flying with, and now without, their child will be permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.
Breast milk is in the same category as liquid medications.
When carrying formula, breast milk, or juice through the checkpoint, they will be inspected, however, you or your infant or toddler will not be asked to test or taste breast milk, formula, or juice. Our Security Officers may test liquid exemptions (exempt items more than 3 ounces) for explosives.
When traveling with your infant or toddler, in the absence of suspicious activity or items, greater than 3 ounces of baby formula, breast milk, or juice are permitted through the security checkpoint in reasonable quantities for the duration of your itinerary, if you perform the following:
1. Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag.
2. Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint.
3. Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening.
Best advice is to be prepared, know the regulations, even carry a copy of the TSA regulations in your breast pump bag, in case you encounter personnel that may not be up to date on the regulation changes.
Prior to departure, check the TSA site to see if there are any changes that might impact you as you travel.
Also, carry your breast pump on board as carry-on baggage. The last thing you want is to get to your destination or home without a pump. Engorgement is no fun.