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TSA Can Now Differentiate Breast Milk From Liquid Explosives

Posted by Kyle Design on August 8, 2007

Baby Pram ID Badge HoldersSpeaking of breast-feeding moms and new rules at the TSA (a couple of recent posts), the Transportation Security Administration also has new rules regarding breast milk on airlines. The TSA apparently now has ways to tell the difference between breast milk and liquid explosives.

So now mothers CAN bring more than 3 oz. of breast milk with them, even if not flying with their baby, as long as the milk is declared before screening. Better yet, mothers no longer have to taste the milk to prove it is OK. Whew!

I know breast milk is great for the baby, but the thought of consuming it myself is completely unappetizing (as I’m sure it is to many other mothers). I’m just glad I was never put in that position – I was done nursing by 2000.

But the bottom line is that anything that encourages breast feeding is progress. Maybe those TSA security officers could do their part by promoting their new-found support of nursing mothers by wearing their security badges on a Baby Buggy ID Badge Holder like the one above. This might be the perfect way to advertise the new rules and show support this important public health issue, while putting a friendly, helpful face on this government agency.

If you want to read the exact statements regarding breast milk, here’s what they say on the TSA website:

TSA is also modifying the rules associated with carrying breast milk through security checkpoints. Mothers flying with, and now without, their child will be 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 medications. Now, a mother flying without her child will be able to bring breast milk through the checkpoint, provided it is declared prior to screening.

Additionally, they answer these questions:

Q. Why is breast milk not a threat?
A. Breast milk is a medical necessity and it is being classified as such. It must be declared at the checkpoint.

Q. How do you ensure liquid explosives disguised as breast milk or medications are not brought through the checkpoint?
A. Since September 2006, certain liquid medications have been permitted at the checkpoint as long as they are declared to security officers and are subject to additional screening.

Q. Do passengers carrying breast milk need to taste it to prove it is not a liquid explosive?
A. No. We will not ask a traveler to taste breast milk.

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