All Children Allowed

The following considerations are provided by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) when traveling with children:

The Screening Process X-Ray

  • All carry-on baggage, including children's bags and items, must go through the X-ray machine. Examples include: diaper bags, blankets, and toys.
  • All child-related equipment that will fit through the X-ray machine must go through the X-ray machine. Examples include: strollers, umbrella-strollers, baby carriers, car and booster seats, backpacks, and baby slings.
  • When you arrive at the checkpoint, you should collapse or fold child-related equipment and secure items that are in the pockets, baskets, or attached to the equipment. You will place these items on the X-ray belt for inspection. Plastic bins are provided to deposit such items.
  • When child-related equipment does not fit through the X-ray machine, the equipment must be visually and physically inspected.
  • Ask screeners for assistance to help reunite you with your bags and child-related equipment, if needed.
  • Babies should NEVER be left in an infant carrier while it goes through the X-ray machine.

Metal Detector

The screener will need to resolve the alarm for both the adult and child if something sets off the alarm as you are carrying a child through the metal detector.

  • Babies and children must be removed from their strollers or infant carriers so they can be individually screened.
  • You may not pass the child to another person behind you or in front of you during this process.
  • Do not pass your child to the screener to hold.
  • The screener may ask for your assistance with secondary screening of your child.
  • If your child can walk unassisted, it would be best to have the child walk through the metal detector independently.