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Unfortunately, everyone, even babies have to be checked before boarding any flight through the security check point.

The TSA Officers are trained as to how to approach your child. They realize your concern and will gently treat your child with respect. Some children may react to a stranger and become irritable. When this happens the TSA Officer will consult you about the best way to relieve your childs concern. You must take your child out of any carrier before entering the x-ray machine.

Check with your carrier to see if your child needs his/her own ticket and boarding pass when you make your reservations.

All child related equipment that will fit through the x-ray machine must be checked. Examples: strollers, baby carriers, car and booster seats, back-packs, baby slings. When you arrive at the check point collapse or fold your child related equipment. Close up all pockets, baskets, or attached items on the equipment so as they will not get caught up in the x-ray machine. Place all loose items in the plastic basket provided at the check popint. If a piece of equipment is too large to go through the x-ray machine the TSA Officer will have to check it visually and physically inspaect it.

It is recommended that if your child can walk through without assistance, you both may be instrusted to do so. In the case of an infant, then you may carry the child through the metal detector with you. If the alarm sounds then the security officer will check both you and the infant manually. Remember, before entering the metal detector, remove your shoes and all metal objects, such as belts. Place them in the plastic carrier.

All liquids, including baby formula, breast milk, and juice will be inspected, however, you or your infant, toddler will not be asked to taste them. Be sure to declare these items for inspection.

All liquids, gels, and aerosols must be in a three-ounce or smaller container. Any containers that are half full or larger are not allowed. Place all three-ounce containers in a “Quart size” plastic bag.

Remember, all liquids must be placed in a single quart-sized zip lock plastic bag. Gallon bags or those that are folded over are not allowed. Each traveler is allowed only ONE quart sized bag. It must be removed from the carry-on luggage before screening. Carry only the needed amount of liquids for the flight with you.

If your child has a disability, you must declare it at the check-in area. A TSA Officer will assist you through check-in when requested.

You may go on-line here for more information about traveling with your child. Being prepared will make your flight more enjoyable and smooth.


Posted on March 7th, 2009 at 06:00 by Alex Smith in Airline Safety - Comment (1)

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  1. Traveling with a child is difficult. I did it with my one year old from Atl to California in October. We were lucky that he was mellow most of the flight there and back, but it was still stressful worrying that he might bust out crying at any moment.
    These tips are valuable for parents flying with small children. Even seasoned business flyers like myself are in for a big adjustment when they fly with kids.

    Comment by Scott � March 13, 2009 @ 5:18 am


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