What’s the deal with taking breast milk on a plane?

My friend went to Los Angeles last Thursday and was extremely frustrated to have a TSA official “screen” her breast milk through an x-ray machine but when she got to L.A. she was informed this wasn’t necessary.  I heard another story where the mother was required to drink a bit of breast milk from each of the 3 containers she brought along with her. 

In this age of heightened security and 3-ounce liquids, travellers are confused as to what is allowed on board and what is not.  This is especially difficult for parents travelling with infants.   According to the Transport Security Administration, “breast milk is allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces.”  What the heck is that supposed to mean?!?!  Who actually determines what is a reasonable quanity? 

Unfortunately it seems that many of the decisions are up to the discretion of the particular security official.  What’s important to know is that breast milk is classified under liquid medication and does not need to be x-rayed nor should you be asked to drink it!

Prior to flying, print out the regulations from the TSA Website  and take it with you.

Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises and Safety Mom Solutions, the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area.  Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant. 

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