What to do before hitting the not-so-friendly skies with the family.
When we posted "The TSA Took Our Baby Food Away," mom readers were ticked at the TSA. To make your traveling experience a little easier, we talked to Nico Melendez, TSA spokesman and father of five, to get the scoop on flying with children:
1) Do your research. Nico asks all moms to visit the TSA website to learn the limitations for flying with kid-friendly liquids like milk and formula.
2) Be realistic. "Someone flying from L.A. to Australia will need more baby food than someone flying to San Francisco," he says. There is no set rule on how much baby food or formula you can bring; however, if the security officer believes it is too much for the distance you are traveling, it might be taken away.
3) Carry milk or formula separately. Pack your breast milk or formula separately from the rest of your carry-ons and let the security officer know ahead of time that you have it. This will decrease delays -- as well as the number of non-moms looking at you with the evil eye.
4) Fill small bellies before you fly. Nico boasts that he got his five kids through the security checkpoint in under five minutes by feeding them before and after the flight, thereby decreasing the amount of food that needed to be hauled on the plane. He also recommends using powder-based formulas versus liquid while traveling.
5) Prepare your kids. Let them know ahead of time that they will need to take off their jackets and shoes. Nico even suggests that you have young kids wear socks to the airport and put on their shoes after the security checkpoint.
Do you have any travel tips or horror stories? Share below!