i have done it without taking my kiddos out many times, and i have had to take them out a few times.
in the US its usually take them out but i fly out of IAH and houston is really strict on this stuff. San Francisco was not as strict. Chicago was strict.
Outside of the US I have never had to take them out and I have flown through major airports: Schipul, Oslo, Peking, etc.
trottin', pole dancing, Norway and Sweden lovin' , ,WOHM Kiddos born 12/11/06 and 08/09/08
with #3 EDD:01/2013 So in love with my sweet Swede and my bonus-son 10/25/98
I have passed through without doing anything. I've been asked to remove the baby or toddler from the carrier. I've been asked to remove the carrier, but was allowed to leave the baby in it (with a Beco). I've been asked to lift the carrier away from my body at which point they wanded me and the baby (this was a sling).
I had one agent in White Plains that asked me to take her out and I was in the middle of complying with the request (I had kneeled down to take her off my back as I was not traveling with another adult) and the agent said I could try to go through without setting off the monitors. I think the agent didn't realize it would take me a minute or two to get DD out.
I always have to take off her shoes and we are patted down once we go through the detector.
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married to DH (2003) mama to DD(Nov 2008) & DS (Mar 2011)
Wife to DH and mama to DD(7) and DD(5) ...Lola the Wiener Dog , Faulkner the Little Giant , Ginger the Wonder Cat , Azkaban the blue parakeet, Sunny the yellow parakeet, 3 nameless hermit crabs, and a whole bunch of fish!
If they asked everyone to remove their shoes/babies/ and searched everyone's luggage thoroughly etc. there would be much longer waits then there already are. I think the point is that most people aren't terrorists and it's all about measured risks. Most people with proper identification for themselves and their infants who have their own infants with them are probably less likely to intend to blow up the plane. These things are still left to the individual descretion of the security guard.
1X Montreal, 1X Vancouver and 1X Prince-Rupert (northern BC)...
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