If you've ever been stuck in an airport for an extended period of time with a babe, then you know that diapers, baby food, formula and whole milk are near impossible to find. Since all the kiosks sell phone chargers, scarves, and vacation mementos, it's hard to believe there's not one selling baby goods.
Nevertheless, well–prepared traveling parents who pack supplies better think again. To see what happened to a family in Chicago's Midway Airport,
On Tuesday, The New York Times told the story of Anand Soni and his wife, Arati Pratap. The two doctors flew with their 10-month-old daughter from Chicago Midway Airport to Manchester, N.H. Anticipating delays and full travel time, the couple stashed more food than necessary. Only when they reached security, the TSA agents confiscated a portion of the jarred delectables and formula.
Unfortunately, the TSA standards aren't crystal clear for flying families. They say:
Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.
All items including formula, breast milk, and juice will be inspected, however, you or your baby or toddler will not be asked to test or taste breast milk, formula, or juice. Our Security Officers may test liquid exemptions (exempt items more than 3 ounces) for explosives.
With unforeseen snags, it's hard to tell just how long your trip might actually take. And sadly, in this crazy world of ours, it's hard to tell people's intentions.
Tell us, what do you think of the TSA taking the family's food?