Make your airline travel a little less stressful with these travel tips


Heading out of town during the holidays? Here are some tips from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

Before Packing

  • Liquids, gels and aerosols as carry-ons follow 3-1-1 guidelines:
    •  3.4 ounces or less per container
    •  1 quart size, clear, plastic, zip top bag (all liquids must fit in bag)
    •  1 bag per passenger
  • Review the prohibited items list for both carry-on and checked baggage at the TSA website.
  • If purchasing a luggage lock, be sure to look for those that are TSA compatible
  • Tape a card with your name and contact information on any large electronics

When Packing

  • Pack items in layers (shoes one layer, clothes one layer, electronics one layer, etc.)
  • Firearms are only allowed in checked baggage and must be unloaded, placed in a locked, hard-sided  container and properly declared to your airline
  • Pack large electronics on top layer of carry-on for screening accessibility
  • Place your 3-1-1 bag with liquids, gels and aerosols in front pocket of your carry-on for accessibility
  • If traveling with a pet, be sure to bring a leash so carriers can be properly screened
Before Leaving for Airport
  • Give yourself enough time to arrive at the airport early
  • Wear easily removable shoes
  • Passengers with a disability or medical condition may call ahead to the TSA Cares toll free helpline at 855.787.2227 


Before Entering Checkpoint

  • Eligible passengers look for the TSA Pre Check lane for expedited screening at participating airports
  • Have ID and boarding pass out for inspection 

At Checkpoint

  • Remove 3-1-1 bag and place in bin
  • Ensure pockets are empty (keys, tissues, currency, wallets, cell phones, etc.) and remove bulky jewelry (valuable items can be placed in carry-on)
  • Remove shoes and place directly on X-ray belt
  • Remove computers and large electronics from carry-on and place in bin separately (video game consoles, remote control toys, etc.)
  • Remember to check bins and collect all belongings before leaving the screening area


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