Reader Sarah recently asked about traveling solo with a baby and what to expect getting through security.
Getting through security with a baby can be interesting - some TSA agents are more understanding, it can be a big pain to go through security!
- Babies/Children can not be in strollers/car seats/carriers going through security's x-rays. Babies must be held, but not in a carrier. Carriers must go through the x-ray machine (some may let you continue wearing, but it may cause additional screenings, including taking the sling off and going thru the x-ray)
- Strollers and car seats will have to go through a metal detector or be scanned, so anything in the storage baskets will have to be removed.
- Children under 12 don't have to remove their shoes (seriously - this one was ridiculous anyways!)
- Baby food, juice, formula/milk bottles are exempt for the liquid rules however they may ask to test to the liquid - it's painless, I've had this done! And, I've seen them demand to toss juice, but according to the TSA website, this is allowed for children!
- When traveling alone, it is okay to ask for help! Traveling with a baby can demand a lot of attention and goodies, so try to carry-on lightly!
- If you're taking an older child, check out the CARES harness (pictured in this post) - it buckles easily into the seat (not quite as securely as the car seat, but..) and folds up super small! So much easier to carry than a big heavy toddler carseat!
My best tips would be to baby wear and carry on a backpack full of your in flight/airport necessities. I recommended to check the stroller and car seat as soon as possible because it really tends to be a hassle in security. Babywearing is always my top tip and while going to the restroom can be a bit awkward, it can be done and it's worth it for the ease of the rest of the trip!
What are your top tips for traveling the airports with a baby?