Allowed: breast milk
Many parents don’t know that you can bring formula, breast milk, and juice in quantities greater than the 3.4 oz restricted amount when flying with a baby. Here are seven other mistakes new parents make when traveling with Junior. “The breast milk needs to be a “reasonable” amount, and you must inform the TSA officer you are carrying it. These liquids are likely to undergo x-ray,” says Trish McDermott, VP of Community & Communications of Babierge, a company that provides rental baby gear for travelers.
For a safe trip, you’ll want to pack these 10 first-aid essentials to bring with you on vacation. And you can fill a large (quart size) resealable plastic bag with all your medications—pain relievers, antibiotics, cough drops, diarrhea medication, birth control, prescription medication—and put the bag in your carry-on. TSA allows it, and: “It will save you a ton of money if you get sick while traveling,” says Elizabeth Trattner, a licensed alternative doctor.
Plus, being prepared will make your whole trip go smoother. “This bag can be a lifesaver, and it will save you a ton of money when traveling anywhere. If you have children, this travel health kit is a must. I have a bag that is always prepared that I share on a routine basis with my patients that are preparing to travel. Travel size options are now available at many stores and can always be refilled upon return from travel. Many of my patients have come back from vacation happy that I shared this with them,” says Trattner.
Not allowed: weapons
That may seem like a big ‘ol “duh,” but people do it all the time, according to the TSA. “During a two-week period from September through October of 2017, TSA officers discovered 165 firearms in carry-on bags around the U.S.. Of the 165 firearms discovered, 144 were loaded and 56 had a round in the chamber, ready to fire,” says Jack Plaxe, a career security professional and the founder of the Security Consulting Alliance, a Louisville-based security consulting firm.
This is not uncommon. In fact, TSA officers discovered more than 3,300 firearms in carry-on bags in 2016. “Each year, TSA officers also regularly find realistic replica firearms, BB and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, knives, and many other prohibited items too numerous to list,” says Plaxe. Want to lighten up? Who knew that the TSA’s Instagram account could be such a delight?