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#1 of 15 Old 11-25-2013, 08:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Warning: refusing to unsling a sleeping baby in a ring sling that sets off the metal detector will result in an extended pat down.

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What a drag. Sorry you had to deal with that.
Even when I've had sleeping babies is wraps that don't set off the alarms, I've always, always, always been instructed to remove the baby.
The one time I put up a bit of a stink, I was pulled into a side room where I was ordered to remove the baby, and then was subjected to a lengthy 'inspection' that made us miss our flight.
Now, I always have baby out (even if it's last minute).
If you have your baby in a front carry with a SSC with no 'pocket' for baby (like an Ergo, Kinderpack) then you can just undo the carrier and hold your sleeping baby against you. This has been acceptable so far.
Again, what a drag!

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I've heard some stories about people using babies as camouflage for their illegal activities.  While I would be equally annoyed about disturbing a sleeping baby, I kind of see why security might be suspicious.

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It depends on the airport/agent.  I travel extensively for work and bring my family.  I've worn my babies in ring slings, mobys, and ergos and security has ranged from no additional screening to thorough pat downs.  Baby or no, more thorough screening is the norm if the metal detector is triggered.


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I believe the TSA's current policy is leaving baby in a carrier is a-okay, but of course if you set off the metal detector, a pat down is coming your way.

 

I love the Ergo for this.  We still took a stroller and used it to carry all our stuff while I 'wore' the little guy.

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I believe the TSA's current policy is leaving baby in a carrier is a-okay, but of course if you set off the metal detector, a pat down is coming your way.

Just went to SC and this was the case.  They were super nice, even moved me to my own line bc I had my 2yo and they helped get everything on the belt and in the bins.  The guy offered to let me wear her but did say that if it beeped they'd have to recheck us so I gladly took off the ring sling.  Somehow on the return flight we ended up being "pre-checked" and didn't have to remove shoes or take out liquids!  In 30 years that was the first time in my life I was not "randomly" selected to have my bags searched - makes me want to fly again soon haha!  I totally went in there ready for a fight too, but it was smooth sailing for us.

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Btw, I totally think extra screening is the right thing to do when you set of the metal detectors. But it took a long time, and so anyone traveling soon has a right to know what you're getting into, and should be advised to avoid ring slings!

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Weird! I went through security with the Boba several times and never had any additional screening beyond them swabbing my palms. In fact, in the past I've deliberately opted to put her in the Boba to go through security, rather than carrying her or having my husband wear or carry her, because I'm always worried about the full-body scanner and those overly invasive pat-downs and having a baby attached to me seems to be the easiest way to avoid both of those. 

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I'm always worried about the full-body scanner and those overly invasive pat-downs and having a baby attached to me seems to be the easiest way to avoid both of those.

This was exactly why I wore DD as well, because even when I took her out of the sling, I could carry her through the regular metal detector and it was so much quicker.  I would always opt out of the scan but that's almost like begging for a pat down - definitely made it easier with a toddler in tow!

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Weird! I went through security with the Boba several times and never had any additional screening beyond them swabbing my palms. In fact, in the past I've deliberately opted to put her in the Boba to go through security, rather than carrying her or having my husband wear or carry her, because I'm always worried about the full-body scanner and those overly invasive pat-downs and having a baby attached to me seems to be the easiest way to avoid both of those. 

I think it's all about the metal. A boba wouldn't set of the metal detectors. I just didn't think of this when I packed our ring sling instead of any other carriers.

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Hmm. Not about the metal in my experience. Several countries, several airports, I've always had to lift my sleeping babies away from my body, even if just for a moment for a quick glance.
SO UNHELPFUL that there is no consistent experience so that parents can plan accordingly.

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I've flown soooo many times with infants in wraps and have always had to remove them, UNTIL this September. For the first time ever, they didn't ask me to unwrap. It was pretty nice!

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I went through security with the Boba several times and never had any additional screening beyond them swabbing my palms.

I traveled with my 2 month old in a Beco carrier this November and experienced the palm swabbing both ways. It took a little longer but much easier than removing her & since you get to go through the priority lane it's faster than traveling without a kid. Either they're changing the guidelines for carriers or we just got lucky. 

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they do make nylon rings slingrings.com sells them and they shouldn't set off the detectors

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Yes, but that's not really an option if you already have a nice sling you like smile.gif

I traveled again recently and am amazed at how different the other airport was. They didn't even bomb scan our formula last time.

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