Don't let the challenges of air travel and airport security
scare you away from vacationing in the world's most spectacular spots.
With Travel Sense, you'll have the right guidance to ease your way
through airport security lines — often the most time-consuming part of
your journey — and on the way to your destination.
This is a simplified guide to airline baggage and airport security regulation
will help you pack without fear for your next big trip. Below, you'll find the airport security regulations that you'll need to know when checking your luggage and airline carry-on baggage. Also, be sure that you and your travel agent check for the most updated information for your airline as well as the Travel Security Administration (TSA).
Know the 3-1-1 for Airline Carry-On Baggage
This is the easy formula for airline carry-on baggage
established by TSA that mandates that you can only carry liquids,
aerosols and gels in three-ounce containers, which should be safely
kept inside a one-quart, plastic zip-top bag. This includes common
items such as toothpaste, shampoo and food. You should be aware that airline carry-on baggage extends to gift or special items including lotions, creams, scented oils, liquid soaps, perfumes and even snow globes.
The only exception to this carry-on baggage rule
is if you have baby food, medications (and associated injectors) or
other liquid/gel items that are for health purposes. In order to have
these containers permitted, you need to declare them to an airport
security officer and have them screened at the checkpoint. It's highly
recommended that you label medications to make this process smoother.
Be Aware of What Not to Bring in Checked Baggage on Airlines and Airline Carry On Baggage
with your personal items, you are also permitted to bring corkscrews,
cigar cutters, common lighters, nail cutters, safety razors and
travel-sized or blunt scissors in your carry on baggage. If you are
carrying any types of martial arts weapons or tools — ax, crowbar,
hammer, drill pliers, saw, etc — you'll have to pack them in your
checked bags. If you pack any sharp objects in your checked suitcase,
wrap them to ensure safety for the baggage handlers and transportation
security officers. To learn more, read TravelSense's guide or visit www.TSA.gov for the official list of prohibited items.
prevent unintentional short-circuiting and fires, there is a limit for
packing loose lithium batteries, which are commonly used in digital
cameras, cell phones, PDAs and laptop computers. For your checked
airline baggage, batteries must be installed in the electronic device.
You are limited to 8 grams (100-watt hours) of lithium batteries in
your carry-on baggage, and they must be properly protected in original
packaging or a protective case.
security officer at the airport may deem certain items too dangerous to
permit through the checkpoint. Be aware that the list of permitted and
prohibited items will be updated as necessary.
Pack Smart & Spend Less Time in Airport Security Lines
travel agent will know the different airline security regulations, but
for more airlines, the maximize size of your airline carry on baggage
is 45 linear inches. Save yourself from extra hassles by checking
anything larger and try to pack your carryon baggage as light as
possible. Know that if you have a full bag, your personal items may
spill out for everyone to see when the airport security officer unzips
it. For both your checked and carry on baggage, try to organize its
contents, so that everything is easy to see in a brief glance.
possible, keep from overstuffing your checked suitcase to avoid
additional airline baggage fees. When traveling over the holidays, ship
your gifts ahead of time instead of packing them. If you insist on
bringing gifts, consider wrapping them after you arrive at your
destination. For travelers who still make use of a non-digital camera,
don't pack film in your checked luggage, because the screening
equipment will damage it. It's better if you can keep undeveloped film
and cameras in your carry on baggage.
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For more information on airport checkin and documents for getting through airport security check points, read our Airport Security Regulations guide.