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What to do before hitting the not-so-friendly skies with the family.

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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 TSAwebsite 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!


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Anonymous August 8, 2010, 8:16 PM

It is ridiculous that the TSA would stop people from bringing milk and formula onto flights, and make little kids take off their shoes. This is not helping national security. This is a waste of time and hassling innocent travelers.

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the kind of adversary we are dealing with is not above strapping explosives onto their own children to take out targets, including airliners
the Russians lost two planes a couple years ago because of reluctance to screen female passengers
the Bojinka plotters used toothpaste containers for their test bombs, and planned to use something larger
sorry, folks — 9/11 should be a wake-up call, but I still see whiners out there who complain about losing their penknives and taking off their shoes — get used to it!

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