Obama has signed the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening (BABES) act into law, which will allow the Transportation Security Administration to make some changes to how they handle screening things like milk, baby food, and equipment.
Previously it was required to dump out breast milk if it was over three ounces, but that could change with this new law. The act was created by Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler and Senator Kelly Ayotte. Jamie spoke out in a statement about it.
“Too many parents have dealt with the TSA’s harassment-like treatment for carrying infant food and breast milk through airport security – even though this is allowed under TSA’s own guidelines. With the president signing my bill into law today, we will make it easier for families to travel with the supplies and food they need. The BABES Act will ensure that TSA agents are trained to provide families traveling with breastmilk with reasonable, consistent treatment, and that the agency maintains this priority in the future for new hires and retraining activities.”