The heightened air security precautions instituted after the August threat on air safety have sent rumors flying on what you can bring aboard in carry-on luggage.

It is important to separate fact from fiction so you are prepared when flying with young children. The Transportation Security Administration provides the following information to help you get geared up for travel.

You may bring:

  • small amounts of baby formula and breast milk if a baby or small child is present (These items will be subject to physical inspection. Neither you nor your child will not be required to taste these liquids in the presence of a security officer; security officers will not taste these items.);

  • liquid prescription medicine marked with a name on a professionally printed label matching the name on the passenger's ticket;

  • up to 4 ounces of essential nonprescription liquid medications, including cough syrup, gel cap pills, saline solution and eye care products;

  • up to 3 ounces of creams and lotions, including firstaid, topical and rash creams and ointments, suntan lotions and moisturizers;

  • up to 3 ounces of bath oils, mosquito repellent, lip gels, liquid sanitizer, liquid soaps and toothpaste;

  • nail clippers;

  • gel- or liquid-filled teethers;

  • canned, jarred or processed baby food; and

  • Federal Aviation Administration-approved child restraint systems.

Tips to make it through security smoothly:

  • Arrive at the airport with extra time.

  • Prepare children for what to expect in the screening process so they are not frightened or surprised.

  • Help officers who may ask for your assistance in screening your child.

If your child is old enough, make sure he or she understands that security threats, even when made jokingly, are against the law.

For a complete list of permitted and prohibited items, visit For more information on traveling with children, visit

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