Understanding the TSA Breast Milk Rules
Last week I flew for the first time with my 6 month old. I read the TSA Breast Milk regulations while I was packing to ensure I packed my breast milk correctly. The regulations are very straightforward.
“Formula, breast milk and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags. 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.”
This means, your breast milk, formula and juice do not have to follow the 3-1-1 rule for liquids at security check points. This also means if you are traveling away from your baby and pumping, you take can take the milk you have pumped back home with you.
Breast milk may require additional security screening. Even with TSA Pre-Check, the screening machine did not like my breast milk. The TSA agent literally had to call the bomb expert out of his office to come check the milk. We had to wait about 20 minutes and when he finally arrived, he told me he gets called to check breast milk at least two or three times a day.
The TSA bomb expert informed me that breast milk is made of different minerals, therefore, it is impossible for the machine to have a formula to consistently identify breast milk. Depending on what the mother eats, the breast milk may go through the machine without any trouble, or the machine may request the bomb expert to come verify the contents of the bottle.
How did TSA verify my milk was the bomb and not an actual bomb? The bomb expert shook the bottle and told me it was good to go. Yes, you read that right, he shook the bottle. WHY?!?!
When I flew a week later, my milk went through TSA without any issue. Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure if your breast milk will trigger the alarm- just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get through security.
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Do you have any tips for going through TSA with breast milk or formula? Please share below!