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Old 05-04-2012, 09:13 AM   #27
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Re: flying with a 3mo old?

Originally Posted by CurlyQ215 View Post
I'm really surprised by the number of people who had to remove babies from a carrier (I'm not talking an infant bucket seat, but an Ergo). I've done it 4 times without ever a question or hesitation. The TSA website says:

"Infants and small children may be carried through the metal detector, but if the alarm sounds, the officer will have to conduct additional screening on both the passenger and the child. If a baby is carried through the metal detector in a sling, additional screening may be required even if there isn’t an alarm"

The additional screening was always swabbing my hands for explosive residue (takes 2 seconds). It's worth a shot - not sure if you want to print out the TSA guidelines to bring, but it sure is a heck of a lot easier to leave them attached! No one even batted an eye, though, when I did it.

You cannot, however, wear your baby during take off and landing in any type of sling or carrier. I usually leave my carrier on, though, so when she falls asleep I can pull the straps up and have my hands free (just not during take off and landing).

I would consider buying a cosco scenara, leaving it packaged, and checking it at check in rather than renting.
I would definitely put baby in a carrier for the airport and journey (carrier not seat). I just wanted the mama to know that she may be asked to remove the babe. You're already flustered traveling alone, removing shoes with a baby in carrier, etc... etc... (on that note-- wear easily slipped on shoes and make sure your pockets are already empty to save some steps). Didn't want her to be surprised that she may be asked to remove the baby. I guess "additional screening" is up to the agent, because I have never been permitted to keep the baby in the carrier through security.
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