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TSA Changes Rules For Kids At Airport Security This Thanksgiving

By Katherine Stone |

The TSA will still require adults to take off their shoes before going through security.

No more taking off shoes at airport security for kids under 12.  That’s what the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today as it issued its travel rules for this Thanksgiving.

All children under 12 will no longer be expected to take off their shoes before going through security, though adults will still have remove theirs.  Additionally, the TSA says the number of pat-downs of young children will be reduced, though not entirely eliminated.

They also offer some additional tips for families traveling through airports for the holidays:

  • Travelers must still put liquids placed in carry-on baggage in no larger than 3-ounce bottles and place them in 1-quart sized plastic, zip-top bags.
  • It’s best to avoid wrapping any gifts or other packages prior to travel, because the TSA may need to unwrap them to inspect them.  Snow globes, it turns out, are not allowed in carry-on baggage at all.


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Katherine Stone is the founder of the most widely-read blog in the world on postpartum depression, Postpartum Progress. She writes about parenting and maternal child health on Babble Voices and Babble Cares, as well as at Huffington Post Parents. Katherine is a mom of two and lives in Atlanta. Follow her on Twitter at @postpartumprog. Read bio and latest posts → Read Katherine's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “TSA Changes Rules For Kids At Airport Security This Thanksgiving

  1. Meagan says:

    Well I realize it’s impossible to please everyone, but I just find this annoying. Having a kid take shoes off is NOT a concern for me. 3-D scanners and pat downs ARE. OK, yeah, I’ll be traveling with a 7 month old who probably wont be wearing shoes, so maybe I’ll change my tune when he’s older, but we’re talking big hassle (shoes) vs parenting dilemma (child being touched by stranger).

  2. Gwyn says:

    gee, lets all thank the TSA, our kids don’t have to take off their shoes. however, the parents do, and at the end of the conveyor belt, both parents will have to put shoes (jackets, belts, sweatshirts) back on, stuff electronics back into bags, put liquids back into bags while trying to keep track of small children. And none of this theater is keeping us from the terrorist.

  3. Kick me says:

    If TSA really wants to keep us safe, they shouldn’t announce any security measure changes like this one here. They should just let the people know as they come through the security line. Now they can just hide things in the kids shoes (i could care less if they put drugs in there, that won’t put my life in danger in air). TSA also announced the new security measure “chat down”, they should have kept that measure a secret, now people know when they chat it up what they are doing.

    I agree with Meagan, none of this theater is really keeping us safe from terrorists.

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