Traveling with Infant Formula, Breast Milk and Other Liquids

Traveling with infants usually involves transporting formula, breast milk and other juices. This post outlines the processes to follow at the airport and on board.

At the Airport

Notify the TSA Officer

Formula, breast milk and juice for infants or toddlers are permitted in reasonable quantities through the security checkpoint. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings.

Inform the TSA officer at the beginning of the screening process that you carry formula, breast milk and juice in excess of 3.4 ounces in your carry-on bag. These liquids are typically screened by X-ray.

Screening Formula, Breast Milk and Juice

TSA officers may need to test liquids for explosives or concealed prohibited items. Officers may ask you to open the container and/or have you transfer a small quantity of the liquid to a separate empty container or dispose of a small quantity, if feasible.

Inform the TSA officer if you do not want the formula, breast milk and/or juice to be X-rayed or opened. Additional steps will be taken to clear the liquid and you or the traveling guardian will undergo additional screening procedures, to include a pat-down and screening of other carry-on property.

3-1-1 Liquids Rule Exemption

Formula, breast milk, juice in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters are allowed in carry-on baggage and do not need to fit within a quart-sized bag. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk.

Ice packs, freezer packs, frozen gel packs and other accessories required to cool formula, breast milk and juice are allowed in carry-on. If these accessories are partially frozen or slushy, they are subject to the same screening as described above. You may also bring gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred and processed baby food in carry-on baggage. These items may be subject to additional screening.

Travelers with TSA Pre✓ have more relaxed screening procedures. If you travel at least once per year, the $85 membership for 5 years is well worth the stress free and quick screening. Further, children under 12 with a parent or guardian that has Pre-check, are free. If you plan to do any international travel, you should instead consider Global Entry for only $15 more, which includes Pre-check.

For more information, see TSA.gov, and expand the Formula, Breast Milk, and Juice section.

On Board

For feeding, warming a bottle or getting additional water can be done upon request by a flight attendant. Try to plan ahead as there may be unexpected weather or delays in which the flight attendant may not be available to help.

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