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Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act (BABES Act)

Although travelers are explicitly permitted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to bring formula, breast milk, and juice that exceed the 3-1-1 Liquids Rule for carry-on baggage, many report experiencing inconsistent implementation of these procedures during airport security screening. These issues have sometimes gone so far as to force travelers to dump expressed breast milk, leave behind ice packs or coolers needed for proper milk storage, or miss their flights.

In September 2016, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act (BABES Act) in both houses of Congress. The bill would require the TSA to provide ongoing training to ensure its officers consistently enforce TSA Special Procedures related to breast milk, formula, and infant feeding equipment across all airport security checkpoints.

The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding; the Institute of Medicine report, Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention; and the National Prevention Strategy each call for breastfeeding-friendly environments. Yet in spite of this tremendous recognition, moms continue to face barriers during security screening. 

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12/16/2016 Update: "President Signs Jaime Herrera Beutler’s BABES Act into Law"

12/12/2016 Update: "President Expected to Sign Jaime Herrera Beutler’s BABES Act into Law"

9/27/2016 Update: "Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Bipartisan Bill to Aid Parents Traveling with Infants Passes U.S. House of Representatives"

9/13/2016 Update: "Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Bipartisan Bill to Aid Parents Traveling with Infants Approved by Congressional Committee"

Senate Bill Number: S. 3299

House Bill Number: H.R. 5065

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