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Traveling with Children

TSA is required to screen everyone, regardless of age, in order to ensure the security of all travelers. Many Transportation Security Officers are parents themselves and understand travelers’ concern for their children. Security officers will approach children gently and treat them with respect. If a child becomes uncomfortable or upset, security officers will consult parents about the best way to relieve the child's concern.

Screening procedures for passengers 12 and under include:

  • Allowing children 12 and under to leave their shoes on.
  • Allowing multiple passes through the walk through metal detector and advanced imaging technology to clear any alarms on children.
  • Using explosives trace detection technology on a wider basis to resolve alarms on children.

Información general sobre la inspección

  • Los niños menores de 12 años pueden dejarse puesto el calzado durante la inspección.
  • TSA no les pedirá a los viajeros que hagan algo que los separe de su hijo.
  • Los pasajeros no pueden dejar a los bebés en un asiento de seguridad para bebés e intentar pasarlo por la máquina de rayos X. El padre, la madre o el tutor es quien debe transportar al bebé a través del detector de metales
  • Se inspeccionará todo el equipaje de mano, incluidos los juguetes, bolsos y artículos de los niños. Hágale saber a su hijo que su manta, peluche o juguete favorito deberá pasar por la máquina de rayos X y después le será devuelta.
  • Todo artículo relacionado con el niño que pueda entrar a través de la máquina de rayos X deberá pasar por allí. Entre algunos ejemplos se incluyen los siguientes: cochecitos, cochecitos paraguas, mochilas portabebés, asientos de seguridad para coches de bebés y niños, mochilas y bandoleras portabebés.
  • De ser posible, pliegue el cochecito y todo el equipo relacionado con el niño mientras está en la fila. Coloque los artículos en los bolsillos o canastos del coche, en el equipaje de mano o en el contenedor de la cinta de rayos X para que sean inspeccionados. Se le proporcionan contenedores plástico para que deposite tales artículos.
  • Si un equipo no puede pasar por la máquina de rayos X, los oficiales de seguridad lo inspeccionarán visual y físicamente.
  • Pídale a un oficial de seguridad que lo ayude a recoger las bolsas y el equipo, en caso de ser necesario.

Traveling With Baby Formula, Breast Milk, And Other Liquids For Infants And Small Children

Traveling With Baby Formula, Breast Milk, And Other Liquids For Infants And Small Children

In September 2006, TSA enacted rules for carrying liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on bags. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller containers, and packed in a one quart, zip-top bag. Each passenger can take one zip-top bag in their carry-on. Larger quantities of liquids may be packed in checked bags.

Medically required liquids, such as baby formula and food, breast milk and medications are allowed in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the Transportation Security Officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the beginning of the screening checkpoint process. Medically required liquids will be subjected to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container.  We recommend, but do not require, that medication be labeled to facilitate the security process.

Passengers going on long trips should only carry on the medically necessary liquids and gels needed for their infant/toddler’s immediate comfort during the flight. Please pack larger amounts of liquids for the remainder of the trip in a checked bag.

Avoid any delays by making sure nothing you plan to pack is on TSA’s list of prohibited items.

Children With Medical Conditions, Mobility Aids Or Disabilities

Children with Medical Conditions, Mobility Aids or Disabilities

Whether your child has a disability or medical condition or because of injury or disability will be traveling through the checkpoint in a wheelchair, please read the following information and share it with children traveling with you so you are prepared and understand the process.

  • Please inform the Transportation Security Officer if the child has a disability, medical condition or medical devices, and if you think the child may become upset during the screening process. We welcome your suggestions on how to best accomplish the screening process to minimize any confusion for the child.
  • Please tell the Security Officer what the child's abilities are. For example: whether the child can walk through the metal detector or can be carried through the metal detector by the parent/guardian.
  • At no time should the Security Officer remove your child from his/her mobility aid (wheelchair or scooter). You are responsible for removing your child from his/her equipment, at your discretion, to accomplish screening.
  • If your child is unable to walk or stand, the Security Officer will conduct a pat-down search of your child while he/she remains in their mobility aid, as well as a visual and physical inspection of their equipment. You will remain with your child at all times, and you can ask to have your child screened in private.
  • If you’re traveling alone, please ask a Security Officer for assistance in putting your and the child’s carry-on items on the X-ray belt.
Latest revision: 18 March 2014