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User currently offlineUPS707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 360 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5743 times:

OK... Here's the deal. Normally when we leave the house, my wife packs a thermos of whole milk for our 15month old daughter so that she has milk that isn't cold or bad. Anyway, we're flying next Thursday and we've been checking out the TSA regs and I'm totally confused. According to TSA, they quote formula, breast milk and juice as OK in more than 3 oz, but don't call out milk. I found a link on AAs website that does specify milk is OK. So here's my question to get real world opinions of this rather than what's written since I can't quite decipher it.

1) Will milk be allowed through Security?
2) If so, would the thermos be an acceptable container?
3) If no to 1 or 2, Do airlines (HA specifically) have whole milk available on their flights and would we be able to get that before takeoff so she can suck on a bottle during climb? (It might take one of our HA related members for that one)

Anyway, thanks for any info you guys have since it will make my travelling life a lot easier if I can get a decent answer to give the wife.

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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21477 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5669 times:

In my experience, not all airlines have whole milk. Some only have it on longer flights or on flights with breakfast. A lot of times if they have milk, it would be 2%.

But an alternative is to buy milk in the terminal after security. It should be readily available, and if you bring an empty thermos, you can fill it then.

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User currently offlineLasflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5602 times:

I say bring the milk. Tell them it is breast milk. I don't think any security agents would have the nerve to question you.

There are a few other alternatives, though. One is having a physician write a note saying that milk is an essential part of your child's diet. Another way to do it is fill up a regulation size bag with 3oz or smaller containers that all have milk. Load them into the bottle past security.

Also consider that milk is very likely available at a concession stand past security. Finding whole milk may be a challenge, though.


User currently offlineGeo772 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5399 times:

A thermos might not be allowed through security, however if the milk is in a babies bottle then there is unlikely to be much of a probblem, you might have to sample it yourself though.


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User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5355 times:

As others said, I'd do the 3 oz thing. Also, most of the fast food places have milk available to by (certainly McDonalds for example).

As to milk offered in cabin, I've never seen it lacking on morning flights, and occasionally on other flights as well, esp if there is a food option.

Personally, I'd plan to buy it post security, just to save the hassle with liquids.

Dave



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21477 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5201 times:

Oh, and of course flights where they bake cookies in F usually have milk aboard. But again, not sure if it is whole or 2%.


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User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5167 times:
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Cartons of milk used to be a standard stock on the bev cart/list for most US carriers, but long gone for most. (Easy cost saver because of expiration and refrigeration required.) You still might be able to get it if your flying in F, but don't count on that 100% either. I like milk with my coffee in the morning, so routinely just buy it post security and carry it on. But, if you want to make sure you have specific milk for your child, I can't imagine that you could not get it through security in some of the ways suggested above.

User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4963 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4984 times:

Why don't you try calling the airline and ask them if there will be milk on board the aircraft or can you request it as a "special meal"? That might be worth a shot.


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19420 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4840 times:

Honestly, speaking as a pediatrician, there's no reason she needs that much milk during the flight. You can bring solid foods and water.

People get all uppity about milk and their babies, but if she gets 2% or whatever it won't hurt her for a day or two. Milk is, it turns out, not all that great for kids, anyway.


User currently offlineHA_DC9 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 653 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4713 times:



Quoting UPS707 (Thread starter):
If no to 1 or 2, Do airlines (HA specifically) have whole milk available on their flights and would we be able to get that before takeoff so she can suck on a bottle during climb? (It might take one of our HA related members for that one)

I have seen HA have milk available on their trans-pac 767 flights, but I do not remember if it was 2% or whole. I would recommend what lkramerica said and buy the milk after security.


User currently offlineOOer From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1464 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4700 times:

Here at DL we only have 2% milk. The only difference betweend whole milk and 2% milk is that whole milk has about 3.4% fat and 2% has....well 2%. You can purchase milk almost anywhere in the terminals...if you must have whole milk...just buy the 2% and get a couple of creamers...and shake the bottle a bit and you are up to 3.4% fat!!!!

User currently offlineFUN2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1025 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

We have 2 kids of "milk" age. They have it on CO flights, mostly 2% but picked up a whole milk on the way back from PHX. If you are going out in the AM and its a breakfast flight, there will be plenty w/your cereal pack breakfast. If you are going at other times, you'll take a gamble in my opinion. For ages 6-12 mos where it's a pretty important part of their diet, I'd buy some post security (look around, most types available) and for those in the 1-3 yr range roll the dice, they can have juice or water w/o a problem. We've been lucky on US and UA flights, but don't take them frequently enough to know. NOTE: if going to MCO - forget it full of kids and they will run out!

TSA has never questioned formula for us at about 15 airports, but you know the rule with TSA - never is one thing interpreted the same way by any two agents.

Thanks to EWRCABINCREW who's helped me become a master at saving the $4 milk buy at the airport.


User currently offlineB4REAL From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2629 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3069 times:

Subtle note for other travelers, but makes sense... I'll share a milk episode with the TSA.

Baby is 9 months old. Wife and I (not baby!) go on a trip to Jamaica on DL. We bring the pumping equipment and expressed milk. We had frozen reserves when baby was with home care. We pumped during the trip to keep the biological process going. TSA won't let you pass through the security checkpoint with these related supplies unless the baby is with you. Somewhat common sense, but also vague at times as the OP mentions.



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User currently offlineCha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 785 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2786 times:

We use this all the time...

Lil'Milk

Once, my wife was stopped because TSA thought it was juice but when they read the carton and figured out that it was milk, it was no problem.



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User currently offlineUPS707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

Thanks for all the info guys. Essentially that is what I was expecting to and wanting to hear. I'm especially glad to get a confirmation that we'll be OK with 2% for a while. That's one of the things I was trying to figure out with my wife was if it was a big deal to go with the lower fat for the duration of the flight. I figured it would be not as filling, but as was also stated, that's where baby food and certain solid foods come in. We're going through SMF's Term A, so we've got the food court there, so getting milk won't be a problem at 8am, but the question was Whole vs 2%. Now I'm not caring about that as much as long as we have other stuff for her to eat.

Once again, thanks guys!


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