Traveling with an infant or a toddler is definitely fun and exciting especially if you are traveling together as a family for the first time. But of course, certain things have to be considered for a safe, hassle-free travel. The Transport Security Administration or TSA has several rules set in place to ensure a safe flight for travelers with kids. Below are some of the most important measures to consider before and during a security screening at the airport:
Before the Security Check
Do Your Research
Do not expect special treatment just because you are carrying a child with you as you go through security screening. Conversely, do not travel with the kids without doing your homework! You can go to the TSA website to check the guidelines and rules to keep in mind when traveling with very young children. This way, you will know exactly what to expect as you make your way into the screening section of the airport.
Check Your Child’s Bags
If your little one insists on bringing his own bag, be sure to let your child know that his bag will go through the x-ray machine at the checkpoint in the airport. Check the bag to make sure your child is not bringing anything that could trigger an alarm at the checkpoint, such as toy gun, toy grenade, etc.
Keep the Liquid Rule in Mind
When packing snacks, keep the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule for liquids in carry-ons. This rule applies to aerosols and gels too, Essentially, you are only allowed to bring containers of up to 3.4 fluid ounces as long as they fit in a one quart-sized, clear zip-top bag. Only one bag is allowed per traveler. Medically necessary liquids, such as baby formula, breast milk, and medications, are allowed in larger quantities but present them for inspection at the check point.
Take an Empty Sippy Cup
If say, you want to purchase a drink after going through the checkpoint, the TSA recommends bringing an empty sippy cup and fill it with the drink once the screening is done.
At the Security Checkpoint
All Items Will Go Through X-Ray Screening
Kids 12 years old and younger get to keep their shoes during the security checking so there’s no need to remove your baby’s shoes during the screening.
Everything from blankets to soft toys and snacks will go through security check. Strollers, booster seats, and baby carriers will on the belt too. And as the items are being screened, do not walk through the metal detectors or AIT just yet. Remind the little ones that they cannot grab their teddy bear and walk through the metal detectors. Check with your airline for any carry-on restrictions related to your baby equipment.
Baggies Go in the Bin
Zip top bags with liquids, gels, and aerosols will go to the bin. Pull the baggies out of your carry-on or purse, and put it in the bins for screening. Declare any medically necessary liquids at the checkpoint to avoid additional screening. Before moving forward, make sure your baggies are complete after the screening.
Electronic Devices Go in the Carry-Ons
You do not have to pull your electronic devices from your purse and place them in the bins during the screening. They can stay in your carry-ons. However, if you are bringing an entire gaming console, you’ll have to place that in the bin.
Ask for Assistance
TSA security officers are always happy to assist parents. To make your travel as hassle-free as possible, don’t hesitant to ask for assistance.