Rules about bringing breast milk on plane:
TSA has modified the rules associated with carrying breast milk through security checkpoints. Mothers flying with, and without, their child are permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.
Breast milk is in the same category as liquid medication.
When carrying formula, breast milk, or juice through the checkpoint, they will be inspected, however, you or your infant or toddler will not be asked to test or taste breast milk, formula, or juice. Our Security Officers may test liquid exemptions (exempt items more than 3 ounces) for explosives. Officers may ask you to open the container during the screening process.
When traveling with your infant or toddler, in the absence of suspicious activity or items, greater than 3 ounces of baby formula, breast milk, or juice are permitted through the security checkpoint in reasonable quantities for the duration of your itinerary, if you perform the following:
- Separate these items from the liquids, gels, and aerosols in your quart-size and zip-top bag.
- Declare you have the items to one of our Security Officers at the security checkpoint.
- Present these items for additional inspection once reaching the X-ray. These items are subject to additional screening and Officers may ask you to open a container.
You are encouraged to travel with only as much formula, breast milk, or juice in your carry-on needed to reach your destination.
You are allowed to bring gel or liquid-filled teethers, canned, jarred, or processed baby food in your carry-on baggage and aboard your plane.
For information on creams, medicines, or other essential items for your child, please read our guidance on these items. Click here for the list of permitted and prohibited items.
Liquids and gels, including baby formula, breast milk, or juice, may be packed in your luggage and checked with your airline.
After clearing security, travelers can now bring beverages and other items purchased in the secure boarding area on-board aircraft.
For more details on navigating the screening process with your children, please read our information on traveling with children.
Additional travel information for children
All carry-on baggage, including children’s bags and items, must go through the X-ray machine. Examples include: diaper bags, blankets, and toys.
All child-related equipment that will fit through the X-ray machine must go through the X-ray machine. Examples include: strollers, umbrella-strollers, baby carriers, car and booster seats, backpacks, and baby slings.
When you arrive at the checkpoint, collapse or fold your child-related equipment. Secure items that are in the pockets, baskets, or attached to the equipment and place it on the X-ray belt for inspection. Plastic bins are provided to deposit such items.
If any of your child-related equipment does not fit through the X-ray machine, security officers will visually and physically inspect it.
Ask a Security Officer for help gathering your bags and child-related equipment, if you need it.
The Walk-Through Metal Detector
If your child can walk without your assistance, we recommend that you and your child walk through the metal detector separately. If you are carrying your child through the metal detector and the alarm sounds, our officer will have to additionally screen both you and your child. If a baby is carried through the metal detector in a carrier or sling, additional screening may be required regardless if there is an alarm or not.
- Remove babies and children from their strollers or infant carriers so that our security officers can screen them individually.
- You may not pass the child to another person behind you or in front of you during this process.
- Do not pass your child to our security officer to hold.
- Our security officers may ask for your help screening your child.