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ctfirewife
10-26-2011, 10:25 AM
My husband & I will be traveling with our 1yr old in February to Aruba and have been thinking about the screening process .

I have read the TSA's website information about children & the screening process but I wanted to hear other's experiences or any advice to make the process a little smoother. We are both seasoned travelers so are accustomed to the process for ourselves, just unsure of the best way to do it with the baby.


Thank you all in advance. :)

gretch
11-01-2011, 11:49 AM
Hi, I just got back from Aruba on Sunday with my 11 and 7 year olds. A bit older than yours but they are very lenient with children. Both in Boston and Aruba. For instance, they did not make my children take off their shoes (although my 7 year old insisted). They basically just waved them through the metal detector. No full body scans, no pat downs (for any of us). Very, very easy. My head is still in a fog :o, I’m still in vacation mode so let me know if you need more info!

ctfirewife
11-01-2011, 02:19 PM
;) Sorry to hear you are back! The time goes by so fast while you are there but so slow while you are waiting to go!

Thank you very much for sharing your experience. I am thinking my son will be walking by then, he is getting SO close now! That should make it all that much easier. I can just see him now walking thru the scanner with me coaching him on the other side!

gretch
11-01-2011, 03:11 PM
Sorry to hear you are back! The time goes by so fast while you are there but so slow while you are waiting to go! So true! 2 weeks flew by!! But loved every minute of it. Now if I can just get my trip report together.


I can just see him now walking thru the scanner with me coaching him on the other side! They may let you hold him. I can't remember what I did when my girls were small. You're going to have a great time!

ctfirewife
11-04-2011, 02:10 PM
Great trip report! I LOVE reading them!

Thank you again for sharing your experience w/TSA.

gretch
11-04-2011, 04:26 PM
Anytime! I'm already trying to plan my next trip for next year. ;)

ctfirewife
11-07-2011, 08:58 AM
hahaha! A true addict : )

patty
11-07-2011, 11:24 AM
I'm sure a baby will be safe from the screeners. Last January, my daughter, husband and their 2 children, son 6 and 12 year-old daughter were leaving Aruba on a Sunday afternoon. At the gate, our granddaughter was stopped, her carry-on bag searched and she was patted down. Our granddaughter was very embarassed and my daughter said she was very upset to have to watch her child who was holding back tears. They both stayed calm, but our daughter and son-in-law would have preferred to be the passenger searched.

Arubalisa
11-07-2011, 11:52 AM
For anyone else who has not seen the TSA site.

"TSA: Traveling with Children (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/children/index.shtm)


Travel Tips (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/children/index.shtm#tips)
Baby Formula, Breast Milk, Juice, and Other Liquids (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/children/index.shtm#formula)
Children with Disabilities (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/children/index.shtm#disabilities)

We have to screen everyone, regardless of age (even babies), before they can go through the security checkpoint.

We will not ask you to do anything that will separate you from your child or children.

We specially train our Security Officers and they understand your concern for your children. They will approach your children gently and treat them with respect. If your child becomes uncomfortable or upset, security officers will consult you about the best way to relieve your child's concern.
NEVER leave babies in an infant carrier while it goes through the X-ray machine.

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Click here (http://mfile.akamai.com/25703/wmv/tsagov.download.akamai.com/25703/htdocs/assets/wmv/vid3_kids.asx) to see our video on traveling with small children.
Click here (http://mfile.akamai.com/25703/wmv/tsagov.download.akamai.com/25703/htdocs/assets/wmv/vid4_lanes.asx) to see our video on self select lanes.

The Screening Process

At the X-Ray


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.

Baby Formula, Breast Milk, Juice, and Other Liquids

Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces (100ml) and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Officers may ask travelers to open these items to conduct additional screening and passengers should declare them for inspection at the checkpoint. Click here to learn more about 3-1-1
(http://www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm)
All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller.


Click here (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/children/formula.shtm) to read about traveling with formula, breast milk, juice, and baby food.

All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. Each container must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or smaller.

All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Gallon size bags or bags that are not zip-top such as fold-over sandwich bags are not allowed. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.

Each traveler must remove their quart-sized plastic, zip-top bag from their carry-on and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt for X-ray screening. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items.

Learn more by getting the 3-1-1 on Carry-ons (http://www.tsa.gov/311/311-carry-ons.shtm)
(http://www.tsa.gov/311/311-carry-ons.shtm)
Make sure you understand what you can and cannot bring aboard your flight.
(http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm)
Permitted and prohibited items - What can I bring? (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm)
You should only carry on the liquids and gels needed for you and your infant/toddler’s immediate comfort. You should pack larger volumes needed for your trip in your checked bag.

Children with Disabilities
If your child has a disability or medical condition, please read our separate section on traveling with Children with Disabilities (http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1572.shtm)."

ctfirewife
11-07-2011, 03:47 PM
Patty, I can only imagine how your daughter and son in law felt. Poor thing.


Being a government employee, I know that one thing can be said and another can be done, even TSA, so I like to hear others experiences. No surprises.

jeffnev
11-07-2011, 08:43 PM
[QUOTE=Arubalisa;213959]
NEVER leave babies in an infant carrier while it goes through the X-ray machine.

Wow, amazing they had to put this in their rules!:doh:

Arubalisa
11-07-2011, 10:13 PM
NEVER leave babies in an infant carrier while it goes through the X-ray machine.
Wow, amazing they had to put this in their rules!:doh:Very SAD that they need to put it in the rules.

ctfirewife
11-08-2011, 09:43 AM
It's amazing what really needs to be spelled out for people nowadays.

I almost bet someone thought they could send their baby thru the xray machine!:doh:

Arubalisa
11-08-2011, 11:53 AM
There would be folks who would do it because they just did not know any better or plain and simple, lacked common sense. :( Common sense seems to be lacking these days in many walks of life. :rolleyes: I live in the south where they are waving their confederate flags, STILL, fighting the civil war. :doh:

:offtopic:Just received word that a friend of the family's son lost his home to a fire. Without power in the northeast, he left a fire burning in the fireplace unattended and went upstairs to sleep. He was awakened at midnight by the smoke alarm and a fire downstairs.

No one was hurt, but again, is it not common sense to never leave a fire unattended?

ctfirewife
11-09-2011, 10:06 AM
Oh, Lisa, so sorry to hear about your friends son. I am glad he is ok though.

I am sure that with the power being out for so long and being without heat/hot water, he was exhausted and just wanted to be warm and get some rest.

As the wife of a fireman, yes, it's probably not a good idea to leave a fire unattended.

mjl60621
11-17-2011, 09:11 PM
Better to check everyone than b sorry. Since your child is little it should b no big deal. My kids are 5and 9, I talked to them prior, and let them know they could b checked to make sure all is safe and to avoid bad guys, it should b no problem

ctfirewife
11-21-2011, 10:35 AM
Thank you so much! I am less anxious about it now. I am sure it will go just fine. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!:)